Senate debates

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Questions without Notice


2:53 pm

Photo of Concetta Fierravanti-WellsConcetta Fierravanti-Wells (NSW, Liberal Party, Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | Hansard source

The Turnbull government is removing Labor's Medicare freeze, with the commitment of $1 billion to our doctors and patients by restoring indexation of the Medicare rebate. This commenced with GP bulk-billing incentives on 1 July 2017. For the first time since 2004, it is the Turnbull government that has committed to indexing a range of diagnostic imaging services, a move that has been warmly welcomed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners—something that you have never, ever done. Contrast this with the lies that are being peddled by Bill Shorten and Kristina Keneally in Bennelong. You shut down 128 Medicare offices before you left office and now you're lying about that. You are lying about bulk-billing rates. The people of New South Wales could not trust Kristina Keneally when she was Premier; therefore, the people of Bennelong should not trust her. (Time expired)


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