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Thursday, 6 March 2014
Page: 1916


Ms PLIBERSEK (SydneyDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:14): Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Ms PLIBERSEK: I do. It is difficult to confine myself to the three that I have got here, because the health minister continues to misrepresent so grievously. But I will confine myself to three.

The first is yesterday in question time, the Minister for Health said I took health services away from the Australian people during my time as health minister. In fact, I increased front-line services. The minister also said that over half the GP superclinics announced by the former government were never delivered. In fact, that is wrong; around 80 per cent of GP superclinics were fully operational, delivering early services or under construction and over three million services were delivered to patients

The minister yesterday referred to the Sorrell GP superclinic, saying that 'plans were bad for patients'. In fact, three GP and primary care services were upgraded or set up with that money, spreading the benefit of the $2 million invested. The minister today spoke about the Karratha GP superclinic. The Karratha GP superclinic has been offering early services since 2 May 2012. It says so on your website.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There will be silence on both sides.

Ms PLIBERSEK: The minister also said the former government 'spent $1 billion on the failed eHealth program'. The money spent was nowhere near $1 billion, and 1.4 million Australians now have a personally controlled eHealth record.

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: There is too much noise in the House!