House debates

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Questions without Notice

Health Care

2:36 pm

Photo of Ged KearneyGed Kearney (Cooper, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister for Health. The Minister for Home Affairs said that Australians who were in waiting lines as public hospitals would be, 'kicked off those waiting lines because people from Nauru and Manus are now going to access those health services'. Minister, did that happen?

Photo of Greg HuntGreg Hunt (Flinders, Liberal Party, Minister for Health) Share this | | Hansard source

The significant thing that has happened is this government took steps through the Prime Minister to make sure that there wasn't a waiting list of people coming to the mainland. That was what the Prime Minister did when he opened up Christmas Island. That was a significant step in making sure that we did not encounter the very problem that the Minister for Home Affairs warned about. The Minister for Home Affairs identified the problem and the Prime Minister solved it.