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NATIONAL HEALTH AMENDMENT (PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS—BUDGET MEASURES) BILL 2002 [NO. 2]

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—And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr S. F. Smith, viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "the House rejects this Bill for the following reasons:

(1) it will increase by nearly 30% the cost of essential medicines, hitting the sickest and poorest in our society;

(2) Australian pensioners and concession cardholders will go without almost five million prescriptions, and Australian families will also go without almost half a million prescriptions as a result of the proposed increase;

(3) by depriving sick and elderly Australians of the medicines they need, there will be an increased need for greater medical interventions in public hospitals and nursing homes at even greater cost to taxpayers;

(4) there are other, more effective, means by which the long term sustainability of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme could be assured, means which would put appropriate responsibility on the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession rather than on those least able to bear the burden, and on which the Government has been silent since the Leader of the Opposition's Budget reply; and

(4) the true rationale for the bill is to restore the budget bottom line and has nothing to do with the long term sustainability of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme or with genuine health outcomes for Australians"—

Debate resumed.

Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Price, in the Chair)—

AYES, 77

Mr AbbottMr DuttonMr P. E. KingMr Slipper
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LloydDr Southcott
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BarresiMrs GashMrs MayMr Tollner
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr Truss
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr BroughMr HawkerMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CameronMrs HullMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr PyneMr Windsor
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbMr JullMr Ruddock
Mr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Schultz
Mrs DraperDr KempMr Secker

NOES, 59

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMs GeorgeDr LawrenceMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs LivermoreMr Sawford
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McClellandMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sercombe
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Mr CreanMs HallMr McMullanMr S. F. Smith
Mrs CrosioMr HattonMr MelhamMr Snowdon
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Tanner
Ms EllisMs JacksonMs O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMr KatterMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr KerrMr Organ

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Question—That the Bill be now read a second time—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Price, in the Chair)—

AYES, 77

Mr AbbottMr DuttonMr P. E. KingMr Slipper
Mr AndersonMrs ElsonMrs LeyMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr K. J. AndrewsMr EntschMr LindsayMr Somlyay
Mr AnthonyMr FarmerMr LloydDr Southcott
Fran BaileyMr Forrest*Mr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BairdMrs GallusMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BaldwinMs GambaroMr McGauranMr Ticehurst
Mr BarresiMrs GashMrs MayMr Tollner
Mr BartlettMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr Truss
Mr BillsonMr HaaseMr NairnMr Tuckey
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HardgraveDr NelsonMr M. A. J. Vaile
Ms J. I. BishopMr HartsuykerMr NevilleMrs D. S. Vale
Mr BroughMr HawkerMs PanopoulosMr Wakelin
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMr PearceDr Washer
Mr CameronMrs HullMr ProsserMr Williams
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr PyneMr Windsor
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CobbMr JullMr Ruddock
Mr DownerMrs D. M. KellyMr Schultz
Mrs DraperDr KempMr Secker

NOES, 59

Mr AdamsMr M. J. FergusonMs C. F. KingMr Quick*
Mr AlbaneseMr FitzgibbonMr LathamMr Ripoll
Mr AndrenMs GeorgeDr LawrenceMr Rudd
Mr BeazleyMr GibbonsMs LivermoreMr Sawford
Mr BevisMs GillardMr McClellandMr Sciacca
Mr ByrneMs GriersonMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sercombe
Ms CorcoranMr GriffinMr McLeayMr Sidebottom
Mr CreanMs HallMr McMullanMr S. F. Smith
Mrs CrosioMr HattonMr MelhamMr Snowdon
Mr Danby*Ms HoareMr MossfieldMr Swan
Mr EdwardsMrs IrwinMr MurphyMr Tanner
Ms EllisMs JacksonMs O'ByrneMr K. J. Thomson
Mr EmersonMr JenkinsMr B. P. O'ConnorMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMr KatterMr G. M. O'ConnorMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr KerrMr Organ

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative—Bill read a second time.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Mr K. J. Andrews (Minister for Ageing), the Bill was read a third time.