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Labor will build health in the Territory, Abbott will cut

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Campaign Media Release

Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek

Candidate for Solomon Luke Gosling


The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, and the Labor candidate for Solomon, Luke Gosling, said that only a re-elected Rudd Government would improve health services in the Territory.

Meeting with local health workers today, Minister Plibersek said the Territory’s health system was under strain because of mismanagement by the Country Liberal Party.

“Federal Labor has already committed $110 million towards a new hospital at Palmerston, in stark contrast to the petty politics played by the CLP.

“We’ve also said Federal Labor’s got $50 million ready to go for a new children’s wing at the Royal Darwin Hospital. But Tony Abbott and the Country Liberals will cut it.

“Under Labor, the Territory gets a new Palmerston Hospital and a new children’s wing at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

“Tony Abbott’s cuts to health in the Territory will send the health system backwards.

“Only a vote for Luke Gosling and Labor can stop it.”

Mr Gosling said that Federal Labor was also funding extra health services across the Territory through the Northern Territory Medicare Local.

The NT Medicare Local receives the highest amount of funding of any Medicare Local in Australia.

“The NT Medicare Local supports around 60 frontline health workers including GPs, nurses, occupational therapists, and mental health workers - these services will be under threat from Tony Abbott’s cuts,” Mr Gosling said.

“The Northern Territory is the only jurisdiction on track to close the gap in death rates and life expectancy for indigenous Australians by the target date of 2031. But these gains are at risk because Tony Abbott and the CLP would cut services that would have long term health impacts on the Territory.

“If Tony Abbott wins, health in the Territory will lose,” Mr Gosling said.


Communications Unit: T 03 8625 5111

Authorised by G. Wright, Australian Labor Party, 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT, 2600