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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1951

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - In directing a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, I refer to a statement made by the Minister appearing at page 3219 of the House of Representatives Hansard in which he said that for three out of four families, including those in which there is a working wife, the proposed national health plan would be cheaper than the present system. Does that statement take into account the extra tax to be paid if a levy of 1.3S per cent is itself not deductable as present medical benefit subscriptions are? Will the Minister table for the information of honourable senators the basis for his statement and the statistical information supplied to him by his advisers that prompted the conclusions stated?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -This is a matter purely for my colleague the Minister for Social Security. I ask the honourable senator to place the question on the notice paper.

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