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Greens unveil health package for Western Australia

Scott Ludlam 21 Aug 2013

"Caring for people's health is a priority for the Greens and that's why we're investing in the health of Western Australians," said Senator Di Natale.

"The Greens health package for Western Australia includes more than $150 million for the state's hospitals, with $50 million of that quarantined for rural and regional hospitals.

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Greens dental plan already helps 139,107 families in Western Australia – and the best is yet to come

The Greens have already secured dental care reforms to help more than 139,000 Western Australian families and today announced a fully-costed plan to improve dental care for all Australians.

Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said that the first stage of the Greens' Denticare plan has been achieved and will come into effect on January 1st.

"The Greens secured an investment of more than $4 billion in the nation's dental care and next year 3.4 million kids will be able to access dental treatment through Medicare.

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Greens announce PBO-costed Denticare policy

Adam Bandt 13 Aug 2013

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, today announced the Greens costed policy for getting dental into Medicare.

“The Greens already delivered the foundations for Denticare and now we want to finish the job,” said Senator Di Natale

“From January, 3.4 million kids will be able to go to the dentist through a Medicare entitlement. And now the Greens have a fully-costed plan to expand the coverage of the entitlement over 5 years, until everyone is covered.

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Australian Greens Welcome New Investment in Tasmanian Dental Health

Peter Whish-Wilson 27 Feb 2013


“The Greens made investing in dental health part of our agreement with the Prime Minister and I am very pleased to see that investment will shortly start flowing through to the people of Tasmania.

 From January 1st, 89,000 Tasmanian children will be able to see a dentist through Medicare, and it wouldn’t have happened without the Greens, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson stated.

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Greens welcome dental entitlement bill

Christine Milne 12 Sep 2012

The Australian Greens today welcome the introduction of legislation to create a Medicare dental entitlement into the Parliament.

“Creating a new Medicare dental entitlement for kids is a huge win for the health of Australians and an investment in their future, and has come about because of the Greens’ agreement with the Gillard government,” said Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens.

“If Melbourne hadn’t voted Green in 2010, this massive investment in dental health wouldn’t exist,” said Adam Bandt, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens.

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Better dental care for millions of Australians

The Australian Greens have secured almost $5 billion to provide millions of children with Medicare funded dentistry and to improve access to public dental care for low income adults and those in rural and remote areas.

"This package, the most significant reform of dental care in our nation's history, will put a smile on the faces of millions of Australians," said Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Dental Health


My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health, Senator Ludwig. The report by the National Advisory Council on Dental Health was released, interestingly, at 5 pm yesterday. The report by some of the foremost experts on dental and public health highlights the shocking state of dental health in this country. The report advocates a transi­tion to a Commonwealth funded, universal dental scheme. Will the government commit to this goal of universal, Medicare funded dental care for all Australians?

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COAG report backs need for Denticare: Greens

Richard Di Natale 14 Jun 2012

Greens health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that today’s report into health from the COAG Reform Council confirms the need for a national dental health scheme.

“This COAG report is evidence of why Australia needs a new national dental scheme.

“Nobody’s bank balance should determine their health, especially in a wealthy country like Australia. However the report confirms that the cost of dental treatment remains a major barrier to access for many Australians.”

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