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The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Consideration in detail

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Dr Wooldridge (Minister for Health and Family Services), by leave, moved the following amendments together:

Clause 2, page 2 (after line 2), at the end of the clause, add:

 (5) Item 2 of Schedule 3 is taken to have commenced immediately after item 1 of that Schedule.

Page 13 (after line 32), at the end of the Bill, add:

Schedule 3—Amendments relating to rebate for medical expenses

1 Paragraph 159P(3A)(b)

 Omit "$1,000", substitute "$1,430".

2 Paragraph 159P(3A)(b)

 Omit "$1,430", substitute "$1,500".

3 Application

(1) The amendment made by item 1 applies to assessments in respect of income of the 1996-97 year of income.

(2) The amendment made by item 2 applies to assessments in respect of income of the 1997-98 year of income and for all later years of income.

Paper: Dr Wooldridge presented a supplementary explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Debate continued.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Consideration in detail concluded.

On the motion of Dr Wooldridge, by leave, the Bill was read a third time.