Senate debates

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Questions without Notice

Health Care

2:59 pm

Photo of Katy GallagherKaty Gallagher (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister for the Public Service) Share this | Hansard source

With respect, Senator Liddle's question is not correct in saying that Labor has ripped GPs out of areas. That is simply not true.

Honestly, to have the interjections from Senator Ruston, who was a member of the ERC that sat there and watched while Medicare fell into crisis and areas like workforce were not dealt with while there were delays through the immigration system for health professionals to come here—we are now fixing and cleaning that up—

The interjections are outrageous! Honestly! It's like she hopes that everyone has amnesia from nine years of failure. Well, we remember. We remember, Senator Ruston, what you did to the healthcare system in this country. Minister Butler and this government are fixing it. We're fixing it bit by bit, with a bigger workforce, with difficult decisions, with looking at where we can make investments and looking at how we can fix primary care and ensure that people in regional and rural Australia have access— (Time expired)


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