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Tuesday, 15 December 1992
Page: 5055


Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (8.57 p.m.) —The Australian Democrats will not be supporting this amendment either. We will be moving an amendment shortly that directly links any further drop in the number of people who have private insurance with an automatic review of the agreements between the States. We acknowledge that there is a link between the number of people privately insured and the amount of funding that the hospitals are able to obtain. At this point we are looking to that amendment rather than supporting the one now before us.

  Question put:

  That the amendment (Senator Patterson's) be agreed to.