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Wednesday 29 August 2012

Today Tanya Plibersek made an unfunded $4.1 billion promise for a dental scheme Labor cannot be trusted to deliver.

Minister Plibersek failed to explain how the promise would be funded with vague mentions of finding savings.

"Labor can’t be trusted, Minister Plibersek must explain exactly where the money is coming from. Is this just a wild promise for the next election?" Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton believes Labor should be judged on delivery, not promises.

"Tanya Plibersek says she has been working on this since 1998, Labor promised a scheme before the 2007 election, they have never delivered and now they expect Australians to trust a promise for 2014," Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton highlighted Labor’s past health bungles as the basis for his doubts.

"Tanya Plibersek should rule out building dental super clinics competing with private practices, like the botched GP Super Clinics program," Mr Dutton said.

"Will this be like Labor’s much touted Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centres, none of which have been delivered?" Mr Dutton.

Labor’s 2014 dental promise relies on closing the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme in November this year, a gap which concerns Shadow Health Minister, Peter Dutton.

"The Coalition has long advocated additional investment in dental health, but today’s announcement is terrible news for the nearly one million Australians who have relied on the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme. Why should they suffer for two years?" Mr Dutton said.

Mr Dutton is disgusted that Labor are adept at making announcements that stakeholders praise in good faith, but which only result in the disappointment of failed delivery.

"Labor should stop their cruel hoaxes on stakeholders, patients and voters," Mr Dutton said.

ENDS

Media contact: Kenneth King – 0437 436 780 or (07) 3205 9977

kenneth.king@aph.gov.au

 

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