November 14, 2018
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has successfully achieved an extension to the opt-out period of the My Health Record Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018 after the Party’s amendment won the support of the Senate.
It now means all Australians have until 31 January 2019 to opt-out of the scheme.
The deadline to opt-out was tomorrow, 15 November 2018. As a result of One Nation’s amendment, the deadline to opt-out of My Health Record has been extended by 12 weeks.
Senator Georgiou congratulated his team on the win.
“Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is committed to giving people control over their own lives. It’s critical all Australians have enough time to make their decision” he said.
The Bill also addresses concerns that people would be locked-in to the My Health Record if they missed the deadline and wouldn’t be able to opt-out at all.
“There have been some clear issues with the scheme from the outset” Senator Georgiou said.
“It’s most important no one is locked-in and people have more time to opt-out, should they wish to do so”.
Senator Hanson’s amendment was supported by the Government, despite their reluctance to extend the 15 November 2018 deadline, and also was supported by the Opposition, despite them moving their own amendment to extend the period for a further 12 months.
“It’s a win for One Nation which again has shown to be a genuine alternative to the out-of-touch major parties” Senator Georgiou added.