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Monday, 14 March 2005
Page: 64

Senator KNOWLES (4:42 PM) —I seek leave to make a personal explanation, as I claim to have been misrepresented.

Leave granted.

Senator KNOWLES —In the debate that has just been held in this chamber, Senator Allison claimed that I said the public hospital system was only for the poor and that somehow private health insurance should be for the wealthy. I claimed nothing of the sort. The public hospital system should be for all, and that is what I said. As Senator Humphries has just mentioned, over one million people who earn less than $20,000 take out private health insurance. That is what I said during the debate and that is what I wanted to clarify. Senator Allison completely and utterly misrepresented my contribution.