Senate debates

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Questions without Notice


2:10 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care) Share this | Hansard source

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health, Senator Gallagher. The Albanese government's decision to expand the distribution priority area classifications to include suburbs of capital cities means that towns like Mildura are now competing with the suburbs of Melbourne for overseas doctors. The only bulk-billing medical practice in Mildura has had to close because doctors can now move back to the city and have chosen to do so, leaving 15,000 patients wondering how they will receive adequate medical care in Mildura and the Sunraysia area. Will the minister apologise to the Mildura community for effectively cutting their health services?


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