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Build up Medicare, don’t tear it down: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the Health Minister was misleading the public about a crisis in healthcare costs in order to dismantle Medicare.

“The Abbott Government’s plan to make you pay more to see a doctor is motivated entirely by ideology,” said Senator Di Natale.

“The Health Minister claims that health costs are spiralling out of control when in reality spending has increased only slightly as a proportion of GDP over the last decade.

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Medicare – 30 years old and fighting for its life: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, warned that today on Medicare’s 30th birthday, it has never been more in danger.

“Today we celebrate the birthday of Medicare, one of Australia’s greatest public policy success stories,” said Senator Di Natale. “For 30 years Medicare has helped to keep all Australians healthy, no matter what their bank balance was or whether they had a chronic illness.

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Coalition two-faced on GP co-payments

Christine Milne 30 Jan 2014

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne says the Coalition are being two-faced on GP co-payments in a political ploy designed to hide its agenda for harsh cuts to health.

"While out campaigning for votes in Griffith the Coalition was very quick to point the finger at the Commission of Audit and absolve itself of responsibility on Medicare co-payments," Senator Milne said.

"Prime Minister Tony Abbott won't be able to blame co-payments and health cuts on his Commission of Audit. It is his commission and he will be responsible.

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Abbott’s fear mongering on wind farms is dangerous and reckless: Greens

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens and medical practitioner, Dr Richard Di Natale, today criticised the Abbott Government for suggesting that there is a link between wind farms and illness by calling for the NHMRC to conduct more research into the issue.

“This is another cynical attack on renewable energy that will create more fear and anxiety in the community” said Senator Di Natale.

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Abbott must condemn Senator Bernardi's hateful views

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, today called for Tony Abbott to condemn Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi's views after the release of his new book containing hateful and offensive statements. “The Greens condemn Cory Bernardi’s attack on women, workers, same-sex couples and Islam,” said Senator Di Natale. “Senator Bernardi’s statements about abortion, Islam, same-sex and single-parent families are truly offensive. The Senator is merely continuing his form as an ideological warrior lacking any intellectual rigour, insight or common decency.

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Greens to move inquiry into the promotion of alcohol

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens, Dr Richard Di Natale, has today announced plans to move for a Senate inquiry into the promotion and advertising of alcohol.

"We need to have a close look at how the promotion of alcohol is contributing to a culture of drinking in this country that is unhealthy and dangerous," said Dr Di Natale, a former drug and alcohol clinician.

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Expand Medicare Dental, don’t axe it – Greens

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, today hailed the start of Medicare-funded dental care for children but warned the government not to use the fledgling scheme as a piggy-bank for budget savings.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule commences today, allowing 3.4 million Australian children in families receiving the Family Tax Benefit to access up to $1000 in dental services every two years.

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Abbott razor gang’s attack on Medicare

Acting Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that Tony Abbott’s razor gang is attacking Medicare by proposing to make it more expensive for Australians to see their doctor.

“The Greens won’t stand by while Tony Abbott’s razor gang attacks Australia’s system of universal healthcare,” said Senator Di Natale, a former GP.

“The cost for patients accessing health care is already on the rise but instead of planning to reduce that cost barrier, Tony Abbott’s razor gang wants to make it more expensive.

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Senate motion on protecting public health and PBS from trade agreements

That the Senate-
a) notes the open letter to the Government, dated 9 December 2013, signed by 44 prominent academics and public health experts, which expresses alarm around the effects these potential changes could have on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the integrity of Australian public health initiatives;
b) reiterates its call for the Government to make public the details of the final agreed text and Australia’s position regarding these controversial intellectual property provisions; and

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