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A motion by Senator Guy Barnett to disallow Medicare funding of late-term terminations was today withdrawn, and instead will now be considered by the Finance and Public Administration Senate Committee.

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