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Appointment as Shadow Assistant Minister for Medicare



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TONY ZAPPIA MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MEDICARE MEMBER FOR MAKIN

APPOINTMENT AS SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MEDICARE

It is a privilege and an honour to serve as Shadow Assistant Minister for Medicare in Bill Shorten’s Labor Shadow Ministry.

Medicare underpins Australia’s health care system and ensures that all Australians have access to affordable health care. Yet since its introduction in 1984, our Medicare system has been under constant attack from the Coalition.

The Turnbull Government’s backdoor attempts to privatise Australia’s world class universal healthcare system through GP co-payments, a freeze on GP rebates, cuts to pathology, diagnostic imaging, hospital funding and increasing the costs of medicines were central to the Coalition disastrous results at the recent federal election.

Despite Mr Turnbull’s denials about his plans to dismantle Medicare, it is clear that he is determined to transfer health costs from the Commonwealth onto patients or state governments.

All Australians should have access to quality, affordable health care and I look forward to assisting Shadow Minister Catherine King MP in ensuring that remains the case.

TUESDAY, 26 JULY 2016

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