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NSW Budget confirm Abbott's health cuts



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CATHERINE KING MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

MEDIA RELEASE

NSW BUDGET CONFIRM ABBOTT’S HEALTH CUTS

The Budget handed down by the New South Wales Liberal Government today outlines the reality of Tony Abbott’s harsh cuts to Australia’s health system.

In the words of NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance:

"There is no point pretending that the broken agreements of the Federal Budget won't hurt the people of NSW.”

TREASURER ANDREW CONSTANCE BUDGET SPEECH - 17 JUNE 2014

The Abbott Government’s $80 billion cut in funding to schools and hospitals is a clear broke promise from a government that promised no cuts to health.

The NSW Liberals’ Budget confirm that the ‘Commonwealth contribution to NSW health spending is expected to halve’.

Despite his own budget papers showing an $80 billion cut to health and education, Tony Abbott maintains there are no cuts to health and education. The only person who still believes this is the Prime Minister, and the Budget handed down by the NSW government today reveals the truth.

CHART 1.9, BUDGET PAPER NO.2, 1-16

The NSW Liberals’ Budget further states “National Health Reform Agreement funding to New South Wales for the four years 2014-15 to 2017-18 will be cut by over $1 billion.”

These cuts will increase emergency department waiting times, increase elective surgery waiting times, and reduce the number of hospital beds across New South Wales.

These cuts are on top of the Abbott Government’s plan to introduce a new GP Tax, Hospital Tax, and more expensive medicines. Labor will oppose any proposal that makes it more difficult for Australians to access health services.

We know that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party support a two-tiered US style health system and have never supported Medicare and our public hospital system.

Tony Abbott lied when he said there would be no cuts to health and now every Australian is going to pay the price.

TUESDAY, 17 JUNE 2014

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