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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1834..


Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992—Select Committee

Amendment to resolution

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.21): I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 20 March 2014, relating to the establishment of the Select Committee on Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992, be amended by adding a new paragraph (2)(d):

"(2)(d) if the Assembly is not sitting when the Committee has completed its inquiry, the Committee may send its report to the Speaker or, in the absence of the Speaker, to the Deputy Speaker, who is authorised to give directions for its printing, publication and circulation.".

This is just a machinery motion to allow the report to be published out of session.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive members' business—precedence

Ordered that executive members' business be called on.

Health—proposed Medicare co-payments

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (11.22): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that free, universal access to quality healthcare, through Medicare, is a mainstay of our Australian society;

(b) the Federal Government's budget proposal to require $7 Medicare co-payments for all GP visits, pathology tests and diagnostic imaging, around 70% of services, is a burden on the poor, the young, the elderly and people with chronic illnesses who can least afford to get sick;

(c) the impacts of these co-payments as well as increased costs of PBS medicines to the cost of living for low-income families;

(d) that discouraging access to doctors in the early stages of health concerns will cost the Government more in the long run;

(e) the sustainability or otherwise of the Medicare program will not be addressed by the co-payments, as this funding will be diverted to providers and the Medical Research Future Fund;


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