Finally, Finally, Finally, Labor comes to the Party on MRI

Finally, months after the announcement of an MRI licence from the Federal Government for the Redcliffe Hospital, the Queensland Government has agreed to provide the machine. Health Minister Greg Hunt said this is another example of Labor putting politics ahead of patients, in the games it has played regarding this important health service. “Finally they…

$19 million investment in a new medicine

The Liberal National Government  is investing over $19 million in a new medicine to help people with a metabolic disorder, saving patients more than $90,000 a year.   The medicine Kuvan® is now  being listed on the PBS for the treatment of patients with hyperphenylalaninemia  – caused by phenylketonuria (PKU).   PKU is a genetic…

Record Numbers of Flu Vaccines to be Provided in 2019

Australia is on track for a record number of flu shots in 2019 following the release of 11.4 million flu vaccines to vaccine providers to date in 2019 I encourage Australians to get a flu shot to protect themselves against this year’s influenza virus. Vaccines are now available at your GPs office and community pharmacies.…

Shorten ramps up attack on private health insurance

Bill Shorten has ramped up his attack on the private health insurance rebate, likening it to negative gearing –  which he is going to slash. “Did you know that we subsidise the property industry with negative gearing subsidies? You know, that’s billions of dollars. Did you know that with the diesel fuel rebate we subsidise…

FACT – Morrison Government Delivers Record Regional Health Funding

Regional Australians have become the latest target of Labor’s desperate health funding lies. Having ignored regional Australia throughout the election campaign, the only election commitment they are making is to attempt to deceive regional communities. Their claims on reduced health funding are blatantly wrong. The Liberal National Government has increased funding every year and will…

Labor Re-announces Coalition’s Mental Health Measures

The Labor Party is continuing its dishonest campaign on health funding – this time reannoucning the Coalition’s comprehensive policy on mental health. Labor have issued a media release this morning claiming the Coalition’s Budget measures on mental health as their own. It was the Coalition that worked closely with the sector and has already announced,…

Labor Fails to Deliver Comprehensive Mental Health Plan

Labor’s announcement today on mental health fails to appreciate the scale of the mental health challenge. Whilst any investment in mental health is welcomed, Labor’s response is underwhelming and does not acknowledge the complexity and breadth of the policy area. The Morrison Government committed an unprecedented $736 million boost to mental health in the 2019-20…

Bill Shorten must answer questions on pathology scandal

Bill Shorten must answer serious questions over what deals were done with former Labor Senator Sam Dastyari as part of a $200 million pathology election announcement. The Daily Telegraph’s ‘Blood Money’ story has exposed the close links between Sam Dastyari and a major private equity firm which would benefit from the funding. Private equity firm,…

Labor refuses to rule out further cuts to Private Health Insurance

Labor has today refused to rule out whether it will rip the private health insurance rebate away from more Australian families and pensioners. In March this year Labor was forced into admitting that they plan to rip the private health insurance rebate away from over 65,000 hardworking Australian families. This will increase the cost of…