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Health Care (Appropriation) Amendment Bill 2003
Schedule 1 Health Care (Appropriation) Act 1998


1  Title

Omit “ for the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 1998 ”.

2  Section 3


appropriation period means:

                     (a)  the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 1998; or

                     (b)  the period of 5 years starting on 1 July 2003.

3  Section 3 (definition of eligible person )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

eligible person means:

                     (a)  a person who is an eligible person as defined in subsection 3(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973 ; or

                     (b)  a person who is treated as an eligible person under section 6, 6A or 7 of that Act (but only to the extent to which the person is so treated).

4  Subsection 4(2)

Omit all the words after “during”, substitute “an appropriation period”.

5  Subsection 4(3)

Omit “exceed $31,800,000,000.”, substitute:


                     (a)  in respect of the appropriation period starting on 1 July 1998—$31,800,000,000; and

                     (b)  in respect of the appropriation period starting on 1 July 2003—$42,010,000,000.

6  Subsection 4(5)

Omit “30 June 2003”, substitute “the end of an appropriation period”.

7  At the end of subsection 4(5)

Add “in respect of that appropriation period”.

8  Subsection 5(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  A grant of financial assistance under section 4 to a State in relation to a particular appropriation period is (in addition to the condition specified in section 6) subject to:

                     (a)  the conditions applicable to the grant that are specified in an agreement in force between the Commonwealth and the State for that appropriation period; or

                     (b)  if there is no agreement in force specifying the conditions applicable to the grant—the conditions determined by the Minister.

9  At the end of the Act


7   Delegation

             (1)  The Minister may, by writing signed by him or her, delegate to an SES employee in the Department any of the Minister’s powers under:

                     (a)  paragraph 4(1)(b); and

                     (b)  subsections 5(1), 5(2) and 5(3), so far as they relate to financial assistance granted under paragraph 4(1)(b).

             (2)  The delegate is, in the exercise of a power delegated under subsection (1), subject to the directions of the Minister.




[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 14 May 2003

Senate on 16 June 2003 ]