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Thursday, 15 May 2014
Page: 3966


The following notice(s) were given:

Ms Rishworth to move:

That this House:

(1) notes that National Palliative Care Week is being held between 25 May and 31 May, with this year's theme being Palliative care everyone’s business: let’s work together;

(2) recognises that with an ageing population in Australia the demand on palliative care services will increase, while also noting that palliative care is required by people of all ages;

(3) acknowledges:

(a) that providing high quality palliative care in a range of settings including in the home is critical to ensuring that patients and their carers have their wishes respected; and

(b) the important role of the health workforce, trained volunteers and all those who are involved in delivering quality palliative care; and

(4) calls on the Government to:

(a) increase community awareness and understanding about palliative care and the importance of advance care planning; and

(b) ensure adequate funding for palliative care services through both commonwealth and state and territory agreements, as well as through the National Palliative Care Program.

Ms Collins to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises that the Government has turned its back on regional Australia in the budget;

(2) acknowledges that the Government’s broken promises and wrong priorities in the budget will hurt those living in regional Australia and further increase the divide between the city and the bush;

(3) notes that this budget will hurt regional Australia by:

(a) slashing $1 billion in funding to local government by cutting into the Financial Assistance Grants;

(b) introducing co-payments to Medicare that will discourage doctors from bulk billing, meaning there will be less choice for people to access general practitioner services in regional areas;

(c) cutting health which will mean fewer services in regional Australia;

(d) cutting education which will impact on regional schools and students with less funding available;

(e) increasing the fuel excise which will hurt regional Australians the most who rely on being mobile and being able to travel to work;

(f) cutting the ABC that regional Australians rely on for information; and

(g) increasing university fees that will hurt regional students and regional universities; and

(4) calls on the Government to reconsider its broken promises and wrong priorities for regional Australia in the Budget.