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STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - 30/10/2008 - Item 16525 in part 3 of schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007

Senator Hanson-Young -This is a question to both of you, so I guess you can take it in turns to answer. I completely understand that you object to abortion per se. You have already said that; you have put that on the record. Putting that aside, how do you respond to evidence presented to this committee that disallowing this particular item-and that is what we are talking about; let us stick to the terms of reference-

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - 30/10/2008 - Item 16525 in part 3 of schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007

Senator Hanson-Young -This is a question to all three of you. Do you agree with previous witnesses who have suggested that disallowing this particular Medicare item would not necessarily stop people from going through the procedure but in some cases prolong the pregnancy and push those weeks even further out so that a woman would have a termination even later than perhaps she would have beforehand?

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - 29/10/2008 - Item 16525 in part 3 of schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007

Senator Hanson-Young -Mr Ryan, what is the department's view on the claims from various people who have given submissions and will be presenting throughout the next two days that practitioners are being liberal in interpreting the descriptions under this particular item?

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION - 29/10/2008 - Item 16525 in part 3 of schedule 1 to the Health Insurance (General Medical Services Table) Regulations 2007

CHAIR -Thank you all for your opening comments. We will go to questions.

Senator Hanson-Young -On the introductory page of your submission, you say that disallowing this item would actually be contrary to the Millennium Development Goals, to which Australia is a signatory. Could you explain that?

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Greens to defend Australian women’s reproductive rights

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said the Greens will defend women’s rights against an attempt to make it harder for women to access safe, equitable and legal late-term pregnancy terminations.

A motion by Senator Guy Barnett to disallow Medicare funding of late-term terminations was today withdrawn, and instead will now be considered by the Finance and Public Administration Senate Committee.

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Ten years in the balance

We welcome the following submission to GreensBlog from Giz Watson - WA Greens MLC in Western Australia

The WA Greens have been in the balance of power in the Legislative Council (Upper House) since May 1997 to the present day. For the first 4 years that balance was shared with the Democrats. In the last 6 years we have exercised it in our own right. I have been a Member of the Legislative Council for the Greens continuously over this period and have both seen and been a part of the outcomes of this balance of power.

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