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Wednesday, 17 May 1972
Page: 1722

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - The Opposition thanks the Minister for Health (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) for introducing this report promptly. The Opposition would hope to have time to examine it properly. One thing stands out very clearly and that is that patients will suffer quite severely unless the common fee that has now been determined and accepted by the Government is adhered to by doctors throughout the Commonwealth. It is perhaps anomalous that there has been an increase in States other than New South Wales without any inquiry into those increases. However that may be, the nature of the scheme is such that patients will be severely hurt if this common fee is departed from. I seek leave to continue my remarks.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.

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