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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2093


Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for National Development) - by leave - I move:

That Government Business, order of the day No. 16, National Health Bill 1971, second reading, resumption of debate, be discharged.

On Tuesday night last the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) announced the Government's decision to increase the level of Commonwealth benefits for nursing home patients. As a consequence the National Health Bill which the Minister for Immigration (Dr Forbes) introduced into this House on 16th September will need to be withdrawn and redrafted. It is my intention to introduce a new Bill incorporating the newly announced benefits when the House meets next Tuesday. It is therefore necessary for the Bill which is now before the House to be withdrawn tonight. Immediately after this motion has been carried notice of my intention to present a new Bill on Tuesday will be reported to the House.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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