Sunday 12th June 2016 - 7:35 pm

PM warns voters

by Alan Thornhill

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, warned today that Australia cannot take its economic success for granted.

 

Speaking to reporters on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Mr Turnbull said re-election of his government on July 2 would mean: “  More opportunity and more jobs.”

 

“We understand the nature of the times in which we live,” the Prime Minister said.

 

“More competition, more opportunities, greater challenges.

 

“We recognise that we cannot take our economic success for granted,” Mr Turnbull said.

 

Meanwhile the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, said Australians would see shorter waiting times, at the nation’ hospitals, if he becomes Prime Minister on July 2.

 

However a new poll, published today, suggests that Labor is not getting enough support, in marginal electorates, to  change the government.

 

The ReachTEL poll, conducted,  in seven marginal seats held by the Coalition, confirms that Labor could remain in opposition, even if it wins a majority of the popular vote, on July 2.

 

That last happened in 1998, when Kim Beazley led the party.

Mr Turnbull said:”. We understand the nature of the times in which we live

 

” More competition, more opportunities, greater challenges.

 

“We recognise that we cannot take our economic success for granted.

 

We need to have a plan.

 

“We do have a plan.

 

“Every element of it will deliver stronger economic growth and more jobs,” Mr Turnbull said.

 

However Mr Shorten chose to concentrate on health issues today.

 

He said a Labor Government would reduce waiting times for elective surgery and emergency departments, invest in hospitals and protect Medicare so Australia has the strong health system we need for the future.
“Labor will also ramp up investment in health care at the frontline – so fewer Australians end up in hospital in the first place,” he added.
“All Australians deserve access to the best possible health care when they need it – determined by their Medicare card, not their credit card.
That’s why a Shorten Labor Government will restore the National Health Reform Agreement for four years, at the originally agreed funding formula of 50 per cent of growth in costs based on the National Efficient Price, and provide additional support to the States and Territories to reduce waiting times for elective surgery and in public hospital emergency departments,” he said.
“This will boost hospital funding by $2 billion more than the Liberals over the next four years, and drive efficiency by funding the States and Territories on the basis of the actual services performed,” he added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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