House debates

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Questions without Notice


2:16 pm

Photo of Bill ShortenBill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Treasurer. Millions of Australians are worried about the GP tax. Treasurer, is it the case that patients will not be hit by the Medicare co-payment if they suffer chronic illnesses?

Photo of Joe HockeyJoe Hockey (North Sydney, Liberal Party, Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

It was outlined in the budget papers, and he is absolutely right in relation to chronic illnesses. In relation to the claim it is a GP tax, he is wrong: it is a payment for service.

Opposition Members:

Opposition members interjecting

Photo of Mrs Bronwyn BishopMrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

There will be silence on my left.