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The Budget: Greens vision & views

The federal Budget is the economic tool that underpins and enables the Government's hopes, aspirations and priorities for the nation. Unless the Budget tells a strong, clear, consistent story, people are left wondering: what does the Government stands for?

Christine Milne's Budget reply speech - A Budget for the kind of country we want to be - lays out the Greens' response to the Budget and our vision of what it could have been.

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Australia ready for Denticare: Greens

Greens’ health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that the popularity of increased dental spending in last week’s budget reinforced the need for Denticare.

A poll by Essential Media has shown that 87% of respondents supported increased spending on dental health in the budget.

“I am not at all surprised that the dental investment secured by the Greens has resonated so much with the community,” said Senator Di Natale.

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Abbott and Baillieu need to get behind Denticare: Greens

Richard Di Natale 7 May 2012

At the Western Community Health Centre Children’s Dental Clinic in Footscray today Senator Richard Di Natale and Colleen Hartland MLC said that Tony Abbott and Ted Baillieu have to declare whether they support Denticare and will get behind the next phase.
“Yesterday the Greens secured the first phase of Denticare with more than half a billion dollars in funding for dental health,” said Senator Di Natale.

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WA to benefit as Greens secure biggest reform for dental health in a generation

Rachel Siewert 7 May 2012


 Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Senator for WA says the Greens have successfully negotiated for an overhaul of Australia’s dental system beginning with an immediate cash injection to combat public dental waiting lists.

 Greens leader Christine Milne, Health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale and Greens MP Adam Bandt announced the package today.

 "The Greens have been working towards dental reform for many years and I am very pleased with today's announcement and what it will mean for people across WA," Senator Siewert said.

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BREAKING: a new national dental scheme for Australia

Richard Di Natale 6 May 2012

Dear friend,

I have fantastic news: Christine Milne and I have successfully negotiated for an overhaul of Australia's dental system.

We're starting with an immediate cash injection in Tuesday's Budget to help people straightaway, and we'll follow up by designing a new, national dental scheme in partnership with the Government.

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Good health is about making the right choices

Richard Di Natale 18 Apr 2012

Greens’ health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that in the May budget the Government should prioritise fixing Australia’s dental health crisis over tax cuts for big business.

“Untreated dental disease can lead to infection, heart disease and malnutrition but millions of Australians cannot afford to see a dentist. It’s a tragedy that in a wealthy country like Australia a person’s bank balance determines their oral health. 

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Greens' days of Denticare action

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2012


Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon and South Sydney Greens Convenor Dr Mehreen Faruqi collected petition signatures and distributed leaflets to build support Denticare being funded in this May's Budget. The Greens have nominated 28-30 March as Denticare days of action across Australia.

Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon said, "Everyone should be able to afford to visit the dentist, but the reality is that one third of Australians say they can't afford to go or delay going because of the expense.

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Forgive dentists: Greens

Richard Di Natale 21 Mar 2012

Greens’ health spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, moved a motion in the Senate today that calls on the Government to forgive the debt owed to it by innocent dentists who have been caught up in audits of the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme for minor administrative or technical errors. The motion passed with the support of the Coalition.

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