Wednesday 30 May 2012 After months of refusing to agree to the Coalition’s sensible approach to protecting dentists, who had done the right thing under the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS), Minister Kim Carr has finally back flipped from his original position.
The Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, Peter Dutton has been defending dentists who have been caught up in the Government’s attack on a scheme which has treated close to a million patients suffering chronic disease.
Further highlighting Labor’s hypocrisy, the Government has claimed the program was poorly designed and yet despite every offer from the Coalition to support sensible amendments, it has been apparent the Government is only motivated by politics not people.
Minister Plibersek, Minister Roxon and Minister Carr all have egg on their face over this issue, and have finally acted because the Government faced defeat in the Parliament on Mr Dutton’s Private Members Bill to stop the Government’s political attacks on dentists.
Everybody in the Parliament was lining up to support the Private Members Bill. The Government had to act before they were exposed for their grubby attempts to discredit the highly successful dental scheme simply because Tony Abbott introduced the scheme. The Government had decided to savage dentists in an infantile attempt to undermine the scheme, and it has failed.
Mr Dutton thanked the dentists around the country who had rallied against the Gillard Government on this issue.
Senators Abetz and Bushby deserve special recognition for their hard work highlighting the issue, particularly the cases in Tasmania.
This is a humiliating defeat for a Government already on the ropes. It just goes to show this Government can’t properly manage even the most basic of schemes. They are a disaster across the board and health is just another addition to that list.