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Wednesday, 31 May 2006
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Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Health and Ageing) (9:01 AM) —I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Health Legislation Amendment (Private Health Insurance) Bill 2006 will amend the National Health Act 1953 to improve consumer protection in private health by widening the powers of the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman.

The Private Health Insurance Ombudsman investigates and resolves complaints about private health insurance and is an unofficial umpire in dispute resolution within the private health insurance industry.


Ms Gillard —Mr Speaker, I move:

That that snivelling grub over there be not further heard.


The SPEAKER —The Manager of Opposition Business will withdraw that.


Ms Gillard —If I have offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally.


The SPEAKER —The member will withdraw without reservation.


Ms Gillard —Mr Speaker, I have abided by your ruling from yesterday.


The SPEAKER —The member will withdraw without reservation.


Ms Gillard —Mr Speaker, in accordance with your ruling yesterday, I have withdrawn effectively.


The SPEAKER —The member will withdraw without reservation.


Mr Price —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order—


The SPEAKER —The member has to withdraw without reservation. If the member will not withdraw I have no option—

An opposition member interjecting—


The SPEAKER —no, I am ruling on this—but to name the member. I name the member for Lalor.