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Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2001
Schedule 4 Rate increases proposed by registered organisations

   

National Health Act 1953

1  After paragraph 6(1)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the Minister’s power under subsection 78(4A); or

2  After subsection 78(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  Where the Minister is of the opinion that a change that would increase rates of contribution by contributors would be contrary to the public interest, the Minister may, by declaration in writing, declare that the change shall not come into operation.

          (4B)  The Minister must cause a copy of a declaration under subsection (4A) to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days after the declaration is made.

          (4C)  A declaration under subsection (4A) must set out the grounds on which the Minister formed the opinion that a change that would increase rates of contributions by contributors would be contrary to the public interest.

3  Subsection 78(5)

Add at the end “or (4A)”.

4  Subsection 78(6)

After “subsection (4)”, insert “or (4A)”.

5  Subsection 78(7)

Omit “a declaration under subsection (4)”, substitute “any declaration under either of subsections (4) and (4A)”.

6  Paragraph 78(9)(b)

Omit “a declaration under subsection (4)”, substitute “any declaration under either of subsections (4) and (4A)”.

 

 

 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 31 May 2000

Senate on 26 February 2001 ]

 

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