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 11 PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE

Ms George, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes the cost of providing pneumococcal vaccine would be approximately $60 million per year;

(2) notes that in 2002 there were 1,897 cases of pneumococcal across Australia and 168 deaths;

(3) notes that to date the Government has only agreed to fund pneumococcal vaccine for a small proportion of children at risk;

(4) notes that the cost of pneumococcal immunisation of around $500 per child is prohibitive for many families; and

(5) calls on the Government to act urgently upon the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council to provide pneumococcal immunisations free to all children.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for private Members' business having expired, the debate was interrupted, the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting, and Mr Ciobo was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.