7 December 2011 The Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton today called on Health Minister Nicola Roxon to publicly release the interim report from the National Advisory Council on Dental Health.
Mr Dutton questioned why the report was being kept secret, yet it had been given to the Greens.
“The Minister isn’t prepared to let the public see what her advisory council are saying, but the Greens have been handed copies of this document – which yet again shows who’s really controlling the Gillard Government’s actions.”
Mr Dutton said the Gillard Government was intent on closing the highly successful Chronic Disease Dental Scheme which had provided more than 11 million services to almost 800,000 Australians, but was not prepared to reveal what advice it had received regarding the CDDS or possible replacement programs.
“Reports today indicate that the Minister’s advisory council is providing advice that the Minister wants to hear and that is that the government doesn’t have the money to pay for dental health,” Mr Dutton said.
“Nicola Roxon and this Government continually have claimed that there is a greater need for transparency in health, yet they are the ones who are not prepared to be open and accountable.”
“Let’s see exactly what advice the advisory council, which is paid for by taxpayers, is giving the government.”