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Invest proceeds of Medibank sale into health care: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that it was no surprise that this government's version of economic reform was simply to flog off public assets.

“The sale of Medicare Private simply to deal with an invented budget emergency is lazy and short sighted,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Coalition governments seem to sing from the same song book. They make a song and dance about a budget crisis which they use as a prop to slash funding to services and sell off public assets to their mates in the big end of town.

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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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PM must end budget secrecy

The Australian Greens say Tony Abbott must come clean about his cruel cuts before voters go to the polls in elections around the country.

"How can we trust a Prime Minister who deliberately withholds information before an election?" asked Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne.

"Tony Abbott is deliberately hiding his true agenda for cruel cuts. He is being mean, tricky and secretive.

"It's completely obvious the PM is holding out until after the upcoming elections in an attempt to pull the wool over voters' eyes.

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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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Commission of Audit Process Rigged: Greens

The Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit released its first interim report today. Greens Senator and Chair of the Committee, Dr Richard Di Natale, said that today’s report concludes that the Abbott Government was using the Commission of Audit as cover to justify the spending cuts it wants to make.

“The Commission of Audit is nothing more than a prop the Abbott Government intends to use as a justification for the cruel cuts it has in store,” said Senator Di Natale.

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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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Greens back call for cheaper drugs

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today backed the call from the Grattan Institute to explore setting the price of generic medicines using international benchmarks.

“Using international benchmarks to set the price of generic medicines is likely to reduce the cost of drugs to the consumer and free up funding to list new drugs on the PBS,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Abbott’s audit will hurt patients: Greens

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today said that the Abbott Government is playing the country for fools when it comes to health care.

“Abbott’s Commission of Audit should ring alarm bells for patients across the country,” said Senator Di Natale.

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