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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 2377

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) M y question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. Am I correct in saying that the Minister advised the Senate that the Government is unable to say at this time whether contributions to the national health insurance scheme will be tax deductible? Does the Minister realise the extreme importance of the questions raised by Senator Little—the y should greatly concern the public—especiall y as at this day the Labor Government is unable to say whether it will allow to be tax deductible the contributions to the health insurance scheme proposed by this Labor Government?

Senator Douglas McCLELLAND (NEW SOUTH WALES) -At the moment tax deductions are allowable for health insurance purposes. I have provided all the information that is immediately available to me to Senator Little by way of an answer by the Minister for Social Security to a question that he had placed on the notice paper. Additionally, on Wednesday, I gave Senator Little details that I had secured for him.

Senator Little - None of it was relevant to the question.


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