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Greens will block plan to tear down Medicare

News reports today indicate that the Abbott Government has a secret plan to slash bulk-billing and increase the cost of medicines.

Australian Greens health spokesperson and former GP, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the Greens will block any attempt to tear down Medicare in the Senate.

“The Abbott Government is determined to tear down Medicare no matter the cost,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Fukushima Fisheries Fallout and Lucas Heights Secrecy, Nuclear Powered Problems

SENATE QUESTION

QUESTION NUMBER: 23

DATE ASKED: 21 November 2013

DATE DUE TABLING: 21 December 2013

SENATOR LUDLUM asked the Assistant Minister for Health, upon notice, on 21 November 2013:

(1) With reference to the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant:

(a) what is the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) doing to support or observe the removal of 400 tonnes of highly irradiated spent fuel at the power plant;

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Answers back: Heatwave deaths and city design an uncomfortable subject for government

Rural & Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Supplementary Budget Estimates November 2013
Infrastructure and Regional Development

Question no.: 213

Program: n/a
Division/Agency: (PAR) Policy and Research
Topic: Research into Heatwave Deaths
Proof Hansard Page/s: 112 (18/11/2013)

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ANPHA backs Greens call to close alcohol loophole

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency has today released a draft report on alcohol advertising. Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale said today that ANPHA’s report is an endorsement of the Greens position on alcohol advertising.

“The time has come to get grog ads out of sport,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Greens call for Morwell fire to be declared a state of emergency

Victorian Greens Leader, Greg Barber, joined Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, this morning in Melbourne to call for the Morwell fire to be declared a state of emergency.

“The first responsibility of a government is to protect its people and that is not happening in Morwell,” said Mr Barber.

“The Napthine Government must cut through the bureaucratic infighting and take action to protect people. Lives are at risk.

“A state of emergency must be declared under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act. We cannot afford to fiddle while Rome burns.”

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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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