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Questions without notice being asked—


Dr Wooldridge (Minister for Health and Aged Care) presented the following paper:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging—Copy of note—Meetings concerning MRI Services.

Questions without notice continued.

Dr Wooldridge (Minister for Health and Aged Care)—Motion of censure

Mr Beazley (Leader of the Opposition), by leave, moved—That this House censures the Minister for Health and Aged Care for:

(1) overturning departmental advice that the most appropriate supply control method for MRI was to limit the proposed rebate to existing machines, with relocation grants to address regional maldistribution;

(2) in overturning such advice, creating the environment for the MRI Scan Scam, and the resultant risk to the Commonwealth Budget;

(3) negotiating with a major medical professional lobby without putting in place prudent and effective safeguards against the misuse of inside Budget knowledge and fraud against the Commonwealth Budget;

(4) when provided with evidence of the MRI Scan Scam, obfuscating proper investigations and delaying remedial action over at least an eight month period;

(5) attempting to narrow the scope of the Auditor-General[quot ]s inquiry, once he belatedly and grudgingly commissioned one; and

(6) misleading the Parliament on the issue of evidence of the misuse of inside Budget knowledge.

Debate ensued.


Mr Reith (Leader of the House), by leave, presented the following paper:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging—Eligibility of machines—Memorandum from A. S. Podger, Secretary, Department of Health and Aged Care, to Dr Wooldridge, 21 October 1999.

Debate continued.


The House divided (the Speaker, Mr J. N. Andrew, in the Chair)—

AYES, 56

Mr AdamsMr GriffinMs MacklinMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMr HattonMr McMullanMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMs HoareMr MartinMr Sawford*
Mr BreretonMr HollisMr MelhamMr Sciacca
Mr CoxMr HorneMr MorrisMr Sercombe*
Mr CreanMrs IrwinMr MossfieldMr Sidebottom
Mr DanbyMr JenkinsMr MurphyMr Smith
Mr EdwardsMs KernotMs O[quot ]ByrneMr Snowdon
Ms EllisMr KerrMr O[quot ]ConnorMr Swan
Mr M. J. EvansMr LathamMr O[quot ]KeefeMr Tanner
Mr L. D. T. FergusonDr LawrenceMs PlibersekMr K. J. Thomson
Mr M. J. FergusonMr LeeMr PriceMr Wilkie
Mr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMr QuickMr Wilton
Mr GibbonsMr McClellandMr RipollMr Zahra

NOES, 73

Mr AbbottMr EntschMr LawlerMr Schultz
Mr AndersonMr FaheyMr LiebermanMr Scott
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr FischerMr LindsayMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr Forrest*Mr LloydMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMrs GallusMr McArthur*Mr Somlyay
Mr BairdMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneDr Southcott
Mr BartlettMrs GashMr McGauranMrs Sullivan
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMrs MayMr A. P. Thomson
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr MooreMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveMrs MoylanMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HawkerMr NairnMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr NehlMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CameronMr HowardDr NelsonMr Wakelin
Mr CausleyMrs HullMr NugentDr Washer
Mr CharlesMr JullMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CostelloMr KatterMr ReithDr Wooldridge
Mr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Ronaldson
Mrs DraperJackie KellyMr Ruddock
Mrs ElsonDr KempMr St Clair

* Tellers


Mr Prosser Ms Burke

And so it was negatived.

Questions without notice concluded.