‘Medicare Locals’ name to become legal, finally

The upper house today passed a bill to fix a situation the Opposition ridiculed as coming from an incompetent "light globe moment" – giving the network of primary healthcare organisations an unlawful name.

The federal government has established 61 Medicare Locals since 2011, but it was an offence to use the word "Medicare" in a business context.

The new laws will enable Medicare Locals to apply for authorisation to use the word without breaking the law.

Liberal senator Concetta Fierravanti