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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator GREENWOOD - I have not seen the article in the Adelaide newspaper to which the honourable senator referred, although I have seen in other newspapers articles which, I think, raise the same question. The plan which has been publicised has not been presented to me. As I understand the position, it is a matter which the Australian Medical Association is discussing within its own councils. The Government has no proposal to change the pensioner medical service in favour of some scheme such as outlined in the proposals which have been publicised. The Government believes that the pensioner medical service provides a very real and beneficial service to all pensioners. At all times the Government is concerned to ensure that the service achieves the objectives which the Government has set for it and the Government will be concerned to ensure that in future it does precisely that.

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