p>No amount of fiddling can fix Tony Abbott’s rotten GP Tax – it must be axed, not amended.
No amount of fiddling can fix Tony Abbott’s rotten GP Tax – it must be axed, not amended.
The Health Minister’s decision to ask his department to cost proposals to exempt certain groups from the tax is nothing but a political fix aimed at papering over the massive splits within his own ranks over the GP Tax.
It’s also a massive slap in the face to Treasurer Joe Hockey who yesterday rejected any compromise, insisting the GP Tax was an integral part of his Budget.
But simply amending the tax for pensioners is not enough. Families, low income earners, people with chronic disease and all those Australians who rely on bulk billing must also be spared this deeply unfair, regressive and outrageous attack on decent, affordable health care.
If it’s unfair for some Minister Dutton, it’s unfair for everyone. Instead of tinkering with the GP Tax, it must be axed now, for everyone, to restore Medicare for all Australians.