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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
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Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister for Health. Is it a fact that the Australian Medical Association has, in its submission to the inquiry on general practitioner fees, said that the common fee scale now no longer applies and that the existing fees should be increased by up to 120 per cent? Does the Minister accept that the common fee scale has finally broken down altogether and that doctors are thus entitled to an immediate increase in fees as an interim measure, pending the completion of the nationwide review of fees to be carried out in July of this year?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON When this inquiry was originally set up under Mr Justice Kerr - it is now under Mr Justice Mason - I thought I made it clear that I did not think it would be proper for me to be reflecting on matters which were before the inquiry. I know that Senator Milliner will realise when he reflects upon this matter that I cannot make a comment upon the question he has asked. The honourable senator should either put his question on the notice paper for answering after Mr Justice Mason has put down his report or accept my answer that 1 cannot comment at this point of time.

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