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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
Page: 72

Senator Grimes —On 1 December 1983 (Hansard, page 3123) Senator Bjelke-Petersen asked me, as Minister representing the Minister for Health, a question without notice concerning the advertising of Medicare in country and non-daily newspapers.

The Minister for Health has provided the following information: I am conscious of the value of the daily and non-daily newspapers to the smaller towns in the dissemination of information about Medicare.

Daily newspapers in country areas were used in the initial Medicare advertising .

The Medicare letterbox drop, enclosing enrolment application forms and informative literature, was sent to every postal address in Australia and was supported by advertising on country television and radio stations and in major regional newspapers.

It is expected that all country newspapers, including non-dailies, will carry Medicare advertising throughout the explanatory 'How to use Medicare' phase during February 1984.


Senator Button —On 7 December 1983 (Hansard, page 3386) Senator Chaney asked me, as Minister representing the Prime Minister, as a question without notice whether the Prime Minister misled the House of Representatives on 17 May this year.

The Prime Minister has supplied the following information in answer to the honourable senator's question: I have nothing more to add to the statements I have made on this subject following the presentation of the report of the Royal Commission on Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies on Term of reference (c) (Hansard, 6 December 1983, page 3289) and I refer the honourable senator to my answer to a question without notice on 7 December 1983 (Hansard, page 3387).