Albanian pledges nearly $1 billion in new Medicare funding

Anthony Albanian has pledged nearly $1 billion in new Medicare funding if the Labor party wins federal election.

The Labor leader, who is currently campaigning in the Northern Territory, said today’s announcement is about strengthening universal health care.

The pledge includes $750 million over three years through a new Strengthening Medicare Fund, along with $220 million in grants of $25,000 to $50,000 for primary care physicians to train staff, provide new equipment, improve ventilation and upgrade telehealth services.

Anthony Albanese announces Medicare funding from the Northern Territory. (9News)

“We know that GP practices are really struggling in a lot of areas,” Albanian said.

“In many areas it’s getting harder to get to a doctor, not easier, and what we need to do is make sure people can get that care when they need it.

“We need to make sure we value GP services and we value our health sector.”

A task force will also be established to identify the areas where Medicare needs to be strengthened.

“A task force will report by the end of this year to ensure we get those priorities right and deliver the change patients and medical groups need,” said Mark Butler MP.

‘Looking forward to switching’

In addition to the funding announcements, leadership vows are taken.

Scott Morrison claimed he will change his “bulldozer” approach to leadership just a week after the federal election. However, when asked how he will change specifically, the Prime Minister reiterated what he has been doing for Australia over the past three years.

Scott Morrison announces funding for Melbourne high school sports program.
Scott Morrison announces funding for Melbourne high school sports program. (9News)

“What you’ve seen from me, especially in recent years, is what Australians need,” he said.

“I look forward to turning the helm of our government to secure the opportunities I had from us, and that means working more with local communities.”

In response, Albanian referred to the 2019 bushfire crisis in Australia.

“This prime minister will not change, that’s why we have to change the government,” he said.

Morrison was in Melbourne today to announce a $20 million program to expand a spotting program for high school students.

Tanya Plibersek shared a throwback photo on Twitter to remind young Australians to sign up.  The deadline for this is tonight at 8 p.m.

Throwback photos of federal politicians

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