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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE--PROPOSED REFERENCE

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the

Chair of the Community Affairs References Committee (Senator

Herron)--That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs

References Committee for inquiry and report on or before 27 March 1995:

The benefits and disadvantages of the introduction of Hospital

Purchaser-Provider Agreements and Medical Purchaser-Provider

Agreements within the private health insurance system and, in

particular, the impact of such a system on:

(a) the current ability of privately insured persons to choose

their medical service providers;

(b) the quality of care provided to medical service users;

(c) the level of private health insurance coverage;

(d) the operation of the private hospital system and the medical

profession, particularly in relation to the principles of the

Trade Practices Act 1974; and

(e) the cost of private health insurance.

Debate resumed.

Question put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 29

Alston Baume Boswell Brownhill Calvert Chapman Crane Crichton-Browne Ellison Ferguson Gibson Harradine Herron Hill Knowles Macdonald, Sandy MacGibbon McGauran Minchin O'Chee (Teller) Parer Patterson Short Tambling Teague Tierney Troeth Watson Woods

NOES, 30

Beahan Bell Bourne Burns (Teller) Carr Chamarette Coates Collins Colston Cooney Coulter Crowley Denman Evans, Christopher Faulkner Foreman Forshaw Jones Kernot Loosley McKiernan McMullan Margetts Murphy Neal Ray Reynolds Spindler West Woodley

Question negatived.