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Wednesday, 16 February 2005
Page: 69

Ms GILLARD (2:21 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Health and Ageing. Does the minister recall his election commitment made on the run after Labor had announced its cancer policy to provide funding of $90,000 to support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week? Can the minister explain to the House and to all Australian women why the government has failed to deliver on this election commitment, a failure which has jeopardised the ability of the National Ovarian Cancer Network to run Ovarian Cancer Awareness Week next week? How does the minister justify the government's priorities: more than $5½ million for the insolvent Beaudesert railway and nothing for an awareness week for a cancer that kills an Australian woman every 10 hours?

Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Health and Ageing) —This is a government which keeps its commitments, and any commitment that this government has made will be honoured. Any commitment that this government has made will be honoured. Certainly, this is a government which believes in improving cancer care. During the election campaign, we announced a widely applauded cancer care policy that involved the commitment of $137 million more to cancer care over the next four years. As part of that, there was $2 million over four years to fund the kind of grant that the member opposite refers to. If there was any commitment made, it certainly will be kept.