Malcolm Turnbull just not use the release of the Productivity Commission’s Report into Human Services as an excuse to pursue his ideological agenda of privatisation and cuts to our health system.
The Turnbull Government specifically tasked the PC with looking at the role of private sector in delivering essential services – including public hospital services, dental, and even Australia’s schools.
Labor exposed Malcolm Turnbull’s secret plan to sell of parts Medicare. When it comes to privatisation, that was only the tip of the iceberg.
During the election, Labor warned that Malcolm Turnbull’s only plan for our health system was to shift costs onto patients and slash funding.
Despite saying he had learnt his lesson during the election, Malcolm Turnbull has not changed a single thing.
In a sign of things to come, he has even handed control of sensitive health information, including pap smear results, to a multinational for-profit company.
And Malcolm’s mate NSW Premier Mike Baird has just announced a plan to privatise five public hospitals and create a two-tiered health system.
We all know where this ends up – privatising essential services that middle and working class families rely on.
In complete contrast, Labor went to the election with a clear plan to invest in people – committing $2 billion more to public hospitals than the Liberals with a clear plan to reduce waiting times and committing $35 million to develop new models of palliative care.
Labor continues to fight Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to axe the Child Dental Benefits Scheme and force more than five million kids onto long public dental waiting lists.
Malcolm Turnbull cannot cherry-pick today’s report to justify his continued health cuts and pursuit of privatisation.
THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2016