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Tuesday, 13 June 1989
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Senator PUPLICK =m by leave-Senator Coulter has proposed three amendments to the motion which I originally moved for the establishment of a select committee and for the terms of reference of that select committee. I indicate that the Opposition will agree to the amendments proposed by Senator Coulter to my original motion. Essentially, they are to add a term of reference requiring the Senate select committee to investigate the level of government support for private health insurance.

They split the reference of the various matters to the proposed select committee in the following fashion. They require the select committee to deal with clause 10 of the Community Services and Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1989 and associated matters, which are those relating to the vocational register and to the reimbursement arrangements for general practitioners, and to report on that question by the first sitting day in August 1989.

In relation to the more detailed term of reference, term of reference (d) regarding the effectiveness of the current health insurance industry structure and a series of particulars, the amendment requires that that report from the select committee be presented on the first sitting day in March 1990. The Committee, once established, would have an immediate task to discharge, the report on clause 10 and the general practitioners arrangement, and would be required to report on the first sitting day in August. It would then have an ongoing remit, as the Americans so quaintly say, to deal with the question of health insurance and to report back in March 1990. I indicate for the sake of the record that the Opposition will accept those amendments proposed by Senator Coulter to the original motion which I moved.

Amendment (Senator Coulter's to Senator Puplick's motion) agreed to.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Puplick's), as amended, be agreed to.