Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
David Coleman MP should take the pledge to keep Medicare public



Download PDFDownload PDF

ED HUSIC MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES

MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY

CHRIS GAMBIAN

CANDIDATE FOR BANKS

DAVID COLEMAN MP SHOULD TAKE THE PLEDGE TO KEEP MEDICARE PUBLIC

With a federal election around the corner, now is the time for Liberal MPs to let the public

know: will they keep Medicare public and protect it from privatisation?

On Monday the Morrison Government brought the first lot of privatised labour into

Medicare - breaking this promise:

“...every element of Medicare's services delivered by government today will continue to be

delivered by government in the future. Full stop.'

Malcolm Turnbull

June 2016

After visiting the Revesby Family Clinic today where so many residents rely on bulk billed

healthcare, we called on Liberal MP for Banks David Coleman to pledge that he would

keep Medicare public.

David Coleman needs to tell local residents if he agrees that Medicare is the cornerstone

of our universal health care system.

And he needs to let people know if he supports the Coalition’s previous view that Medicare

services will be delivered by government. Full stop.

We know that in their hearts the Liberals simply won’t stop at their attempts to privatise

Medicare.

Their latest move to bring privatised labour into Medicare shows that no matter what they

say, the Government can’t be trusted with Medicare.

Scott Morrison was Treasurer when the Liberals first attempted to privatise Medicare - this

is the same plan but with different means.

“The Government’s introduction of privatised labour to Medicare shows that they have

learnt nothing,” Mr Husic said.

“Regardless of what the public has told them, the Liberals still want to privatise Medicare.

“This privatisation by stealth is deeply concerning for those of us who value Medicare as a

core institution.

“Labor has committed to 1200 jobs in the Department of Human Services to improve

service delivery for the community and go some way to repairing the Coalition’s cuts.”

Labor candidate for Banks, Chris Gambian knows how important affordable and

accessible healthcare is to local residents.

“I’m proud to stand up for Medicare,” Mr Gambian said.

“Privatising Medicare is an unthinkable betrayal of the community,

“Instead of cutting jobs and bringing in expensive privatised labour, the Coalition should be

investing in stronger services for our community.

“Liberal MP David Coleman needs to tell our electorate if he will pledge to keep Medicare

public - and fight the plans to privatise its workforce.

“We know the Liberals won’t stop at their attempts to privatise Medicare. In contrast, a

Shorten Labor Government will invest in new positions within DHS and will fight to keep

Medicare public.”

WEDNESDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: NATASHA BOLSIN 0476 125 112