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Time for Tony to tell the truth - he will cut Medicare Locals



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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Health and Medical Research Tanya Plibersek

TIME FOR TONY TO TELL THE TRUTH - HE WILL CUT MEDICARE LOCALS

Today, in a new record, Tony Abbott took three different positions on Medicare Locals inside thirty seconds:

“What I said was that we weren't closing Medicare Locals.”

“Some time ago, we were going to abolish the program.”

“We're going to review the program…. I don't guarantee that they're all going to stay exactly the same.”

DOORSTOP - 29 AUGUST 2013

Last night, he stood in front of residents of Western Sydney and told them their Medicare Locals were safe:

“We are not shutting any Medicare Locals.”

PEOPLE’S FORUM - 28 AUGUST 2013

But last week he was saying something completely different:

“Can I say that absolutely no Medicare Local will close? No I'm not going to say that.”

DOORSTOP - 22 AUGUST 2013

And we all know what his Health spokesperson Peter Dutton thinks of Medicare Locals:

“I’ve made a commitment - I think in fact to this audience before but I’ve made it publicly since - that we won’t continue with the Medicare Locals structure.”

SPEECH - 12 APRIL 2012

If we know one thing out of this debacle, it’s that Mr Abbott will say anything to get elected. He will do everything he possibly can to hide his savage health cuts from the Australian people.

Scrapping Medicare Locals will rip $1.8 billion out of health, cut health services, and put 3,000 frontline health staff out of work.

It’s time Mr Abbott told the truth about where his health cuts will come from - and which Medicare Locals he will close.

The Australian people deserve at least that much from him.

SYDNEY 29 AUGUST 2013

Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111 www.alp.org.au

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