Richard Di Natale is the Greens spokesperson for health. The Greens believe that everyone has the right to timely, quality health care.

Senator Di Natale’s work in this area is focused on primary health care and preventative health care, and working towards a health system focussed on individual and social wellbeing.


Medicinal cannabis bill only the first piece of the puzzle: Greens

10 Feb 2016

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale today cautiously welcomed the government's bill to establish a national licensing scheme for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis but warned that it still falls short of delivering for patients.


Health cuts a GST ruse: Turnbull must reinstate funding

28 Jan 2016

In light of the AMA's latest public hospital report card, the Greens are calling on the Turnbull Government to undo Tony Abbott's damage to our healthcare system, and not by lifting the GST.


Plain Packaging victory is outstanding for public health but ISDS still hangs like a Damocles sword over Australian democracy

18 Dec 2015

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson welcomes Australia’s victory in the Investor-State Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) case against Phillip Morris over plain packaging laws.

“Plain packaging has proven to be an effective public policy tool to reduce smoking rates in Australia. Unfortunately as a nation we have signed up to trade and investment treaties that have given corporations the right to sue us for making laws that might impinge on a foreign corporation’s profits.

“In this case particular case Australia has dodged a bullet because the tribunal has decided they don’t have jurisdiction to decide on this piece of litigation. However, because Australia has signed up to ISDS mechanisms with China, Korea and the United States (via the Trans-Pacific Partnership) we are going to see so much more of this from now on.


Government condemns patients to another Christmas as criminals

02 Dec 2015

The Greens say the Turnbull Government has failed to deliver legal access to medicinal cannabis to Australians who've been expecting it by the end of this year.


Speech: Road Infrastructure

25 Nov 2015

Lee reveals the folly of the WestConnex urban motorway project. Not only will it be under-utilised but there are concerns that asbestos from the project is being dumped at a waste facility unable to accept it.  While Sydney's need for more and better public transport couldn't be greater, this project will be a financial failure and could endanger our health.


Speech: Healthcare and the Super Utiliser Program

24 Nov 2015

Lee discusses the benefits of the Nuka System in fixing a fragmented and beaurocratic healthcare system. This program and other super utiliser programs integrate medical, dental, behavioural and other types of support services to reduce unnecessary hospital care, increase social benefits, and provide truly universal healthcare.


Speech: A Call for Full Transparency on the Williamtown Contamination

23 Nov 2015

The opacity surrounding the Williamtown contamination has been appalling for residents. Despite warnings to avoid the water, eggs, fish, and meat from cattle, there is still a refusal to undertake health studies. The Department of Defence needs to finally show some transparency in this process and let Williamtown residents know what the true repercussions of the contamination are. 


Private health review won’t improve patient care

09 Nov 2015

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says a review of private health insurance is sorely needed, but the best deal for Australians is a strong public health system.


Greens congratulate medical professionals standing up for children in detention

30 Oct 2015

The Australian Greens have congratulated doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals for taking a strong stand against children in detention today.


Government medicinal cannabis proposal only half the solution: Greens

17 Oct 2015

Australian Greens Leader, Dr Richard Di Natale today welcomed the government’s announcement on medicinal cannabis but warned that it doesn’t deal with the biggest barriers that will prevent patients from accessing it.

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