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MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE—PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES BILL 1997

The following message from the Senate was reported:

Message No. 152

Mr Speaker

The Senate returns to the House of Representatives the bill for an Act to provide incentives for private health insurance, and for related purposes, and requests the House to amend the bill as indicated by the annexed schedule.


MARGARET REID

President

The Senate

4 March 1997

Ordered—That the amendments requested by the Senate be considered forthwith.

SCHEDULE OF THE REQUESTS BY THE SENATE FOR AMENDMENTS

(1) Clause 3-3, page 6 (lines 19 to 28), omit subclause (4), substitute:

 (4) The maximum amount is:

  (a) if at all times during the financial year the person covered by the policy is not a dependent child and is not the partner of another person—$35,000 adjusted, as appropriate, by the index number; or

  (b) if at any time during the financial year the person covered by the policy is not a dependent child and is the partner of another person—$70,000 adjusted, as appropriate, by the index number; or

  (c) if at any time during the financial year the person covered by the policy is a dependent child—$70,000 adjusted, as appropriate, by the index number.

  Note: For dependent child, parent and partner, see the Dictionary.

   For index number, see section 3-6.

 (5) For the purposes of subsection (4), adjustment of the maximum amount is determined by multiplying the sum specified by the index number (rounding down to the nearest whole dollar).

  Note: For index number, see section 3-6.

(2) Clause 3-4, page 7 (lines 21 to 31), omit subclause (4), substitute:

 (4) The maximum amount is:

  (a) if the persons covered by the policy do not include 2 or more dependent children at any time during the financial year concerned—$70,000 adjusted, as appropriate, by the index number; or

  (b) if, at any time during the financial year, 2 or more dependent children are covered by the policy—the amount worked out as follows: <GRAPHIC> </GRAPHIC>

  Note: For dependent child, parent and partner, see the Dictionary.

   For index number, see section 3-6.


 (5) For the purposes of subsection (4), adjustment of the maximum amount is determined by multiplying the sum specified by the index number (rounding down to the nearest whole dollar).

  Note: For index number, see section 3-6.

(3) Page 8 (after line 12), at the end of Division 3, add:

3-6 Meaning of index number

 In section 3-3 or 3-4:

 (1) Index number, in relation to a maximum amount, means the number, calculated to 3 decimal places, worked out under the following formula: <GRAPHIC> </GRAPHIC>

 (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), average weekly earnings for a year of income is the number of dollars in the sum of:

  (a) the average weekly earnings for all employees for the reference period in the December quarter immediately before the year of income, as published by the Australian Statistician; and

  (b) the average weekly earnings for all employees for the reference period in each of the 3 quarters immediately before that December quarter, as published by the Australian Statistician.

 (3) Subject to subsection (4), if at any time, whether before or after the commencement of this Part, the Australian Statistician has published or publishes an average total weekly earnings number in respect of a year in substitution for an average total weekly earnings number previously published by the Australian Statistician in respect of that year, the publication of the later number shall be disregarded for the purposes of sections 3-3 and 3-4.

 (4) If at any time, whether before or after the commencement of this Part, the Australian Statistician has changed or changes the reference base for the average total weekly earnings, then, for the purposes of the application of sections 3-3 and 3-4 after the change took place or takes place, regard shall be had only to numbers published in terms of the new reference base.

On the motion of Dr Wooldridge (Minister for Health and Family Services), the requested amendments were not made, after debate.