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Medicare access slashed in the ACT

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Liberal Senator for the Australian Capital Territory

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel


21 JUN 2012


The Gillard Government will close Medicare and Centrelink shopfronts across the ACT as soon as next month.

Information received today by Senator Gary Humphries has revealed that the Lanyon Centrelink shopfront will disappear in July while the Civic Medicare office will close its doors in August.

“Canberrans have lost out again thanks to the Gillard Government”, Senator Humphries said today.

“The Lanyon Centrelink has been servicing customers since 1999 and today we find out that that service will be gone by this time next month. The Civic Medicare, servicing roughly 400 customers per day, will be shut in August, severely affecting city workers who might want to lodge a claim with Medicare in their lunchtime.

“This is an extraordinary decision - Medicare Civic serves 100,000 customers a year!

“These Human Services shopfronts provide a vital service to Canberrans, but with almost no notice and no explanation the Government has decided they have to go. It’s clear what’s happening here - just another desperate dash for cash”.

The Government has previously claimed that cuts to departmental budgets and the increased efficiency dividend would not result in any reduction in services.

“The assurance that there would be no cuts to services has now joined the ever-growing list of Labor’s broken promises.

“Like everything Labor announces, they cannot be trusted to do as they say.

“The Government must spell out the detail of their cuts to services in the ACT as a matter of urgency”, Senator Humphries concluded.

Media contact is Ross Macdonald 0407 904 818