Australians battling cancer will be left to fend for themselves if Scott Morrison is re-elected, with the Liberals confirming today they will not match Labor’s $2.3 billion Medicare Cancer Plan.
Last week, Morrison was trying to claim our policy was unnecessary because cancer treatment was already free – a slap in the face for cancer patients struggling with out-of-pocket costs.
Today, he’s saying the exact opposite: that the problem is too big and therefore Labor’s not doing enough. That’s an incredible argument for the Liberals to try and run given they are refusing to put in one extra cent to help cancer patients with their costs.
Are they really telling Australia’s cancer patients that their $0 investment is better than Labor’s $2.3 billion investment?
In a desperate attempt to discredit our plan Greg Hunt asked the Health Department to cost a completely different set of policies that bear no resemblance to Labor’s plan.
Health Department Secretary Glenys Beauchamp today confirmed in a letter to Labor that the Department did not cost or analyse Labor’s policy.
And so another flimsy Liberal scare campaign bites the dust.
Labor is the only party at this election with a plan to reduce out-of-pocket cancer costs. Scott Morrison and the Liberal and National Party refused to commit to Labor’s plan to:
- Slash out-of-pocket costs by providing 3 million free specialist consultations and up to 6 million free scans.
- Slash public hospital waiting lists for cancer patients with a $500 million investment.
- Boost cancer research by $125 million.
- Pour $300 million into new cancer capital projects.
- Invest more in campaigns to curb lung cancer and skin cancer.
So this election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better cancer care, better hospitals and better schools versus bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.
After six years of Liberal cuts and chaos, our united Labor team is ready to deliver.
MONDAY, 15 APRIL 2019