Opposition Leader and Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten has said Labor will fight Tony Abbott’s attack on Medicare.
“As the party that built Medicare, Labor will fight the Abbott Government’s attack on universal healthcare,” he said.
“Tony Abbott promised before the election that there would be ‘no cuts to health’. But yet again we see he has broken his promise and betrayed the people of Maribyrnong.”
“In contrast to Tony Abbott’s Budget of Broken Promises, we will fight to ensure Medicare remains something that belongs to all Australians.”
Mr Shorten said that under the Abbott Government’s $7 GP Tax, local residents would pay more than $6.2 million annually to see their doctor.
“Under the Abbott Government’s plan, local residents will pay more to see their doctor and more for their medication.
“But Labor will not stand by while local families, the sick, the elderly, might have to choose between putting food on the table or seeing a doctor.”