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Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Page: 4333

Mr O'DOWD (Flynn) (13:53): When it comes to health, Labor puts politics before patients. Oh, yes; they're at it again, peddling lies that we're cutting back on health. They lied to the Australian people about Medicare and they are lying to the Australian people about health funding. These are the facts that are in our budget. We continued rock-solid support of our commitment to Medicare with an additional $4.8 billion in funding and record investment in public hospitals. We are investing more in public hospitals than ever before. The new agreement from 2021 to 2024-25 has a record $130 billion. The new agreement has been signed off by six out of the eight states and territories. Funding increases in every state and territory every year deliver more doctors, more nurses and more services. There is $29.5 billion in the new agreement for Queensland public hospitals. That is $29.5 billion for five years from 2021 to 24-25. It is a $7.49 billion—34 per cent—increase over five years. Doesn't that tell a story? Only the coalition government will continue to put patients first.