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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—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 and the Government's so-called "A Fairer Medicare" package for the following reasons:

(1) it will create a two tiered user-pays health system under which Australian families will pay more for a visit to the doctor;

(2) it will lead in time to Medicare becoming a second-class safety net in which bulk billing is only available for pensioners and concession card holders;

(3) it will make it easier for those doctors who currently bulk bill Australian families to start charging them co-payments for the first time, and those doctors who are currently private billing to increase their fees;

and commends Labor's plan to save Medicare and restore bulk billing for Australians families"—

Debate resumed.

It being 2 p.m., the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 101A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.