Senate debates

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Questions without Notice

Medical Research

2:36 pm

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

It's those opposite. Let's look at Labor's abysmal record on medical research. During Labor's term, they repeatedly tried to cut funding for medical research. In 2011, Labor tried to rip $400 million from medical research but backflipped at the last moment after the researchers went out protesting in the streets. Labor also ripped $140 million out of medical research in their last budget through tricky accounting that withheld money from the NHMRC and then forced them to claim back what they had spent. This is no way to give certainty to the medical research sector. This is especially important in places like Bennelong where thousands of people, directly and indirectly, benefit from health related investments. Contrast this with your record of 'Mediscare' and 'Medifraud'. (Time expired)


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