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Monday, 30 August 2004
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To the Honourable President and members of the Senate assembled in parliament:

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Queensland shows that we reject the Howard Government's proposed changes to Medicare. Under the changes many more families will not be able to access bulk billing and doctors fees will increase for these visits. Since the election of the Howard Government in 1996 the rate of bulk billing in Queensland has declined by 13%. We therefore request that the House takes urgent steps to restore bulk billing by general practitioners and reject John Howard's plan to end universal bulk billing.

by Senator Harris (from 63 citizens).