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30 October, 2009
 29 October 2009   The Coalition has called on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to step-in and sort out Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s cataract rebate blunder.   Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said the Prime Minister’s intervention was necessary because the situation was clearly com... more
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29 October, 2009
29 October 2009 The Rudd Government has this morning rejected legislation that would have prevented it slashing Medicare rebates for cataract surgery.   It appears determined to punish - mostly senior Australians - who need this life-changing surgery.   The Senate yesterday passed l... more
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29 October, 2009
28 October 2009 The Coalition, independent Senators and the Greens today all urged the Rudd Government to come to their senses and fix up the mess they’ve created as a result of pressing ahead with their savage cut to Medicare rebates for cataract treatments.   All non-Government Senators to... more
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28 October, 2009
28 October 2009   The fate of the Medicare rebate for cataract surgery now lies firmly in the hands of the Rudd Government and its failed Health Minister Nicola Roxon.   The Senate today disallowed regulations which would have cut the current rebate in half – from more than $600 to jus... more
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27 October, 2009
27 October 2009   The Coalition and crossbench Senators Nick Xenophon and Steve Fielding today began processes in the Senate to prevent the Rudd Government halving Medicare rebates for cataract treatments.   It means Australians needing life-changing cataract surgery will not have to p... more
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26 October, 2009
Question Time Brief - 26 October 2009
Today in Question Time, Kevin Rudd again failed to answer the hard questions on the failure of his border protection policies. Kevin Rudd and Labor can't disguise the fact that they've lost control of our borders. www.youtube.com/watch
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09 October, 2009
9 October 2009 Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton today accused the Rudd Government of trying to divert attention from the harm cuts to Medicare rebates for cataract surgery will cause.   By re-announcing that it would increase one rebate for complex cataract surgery, Health Minister Nicola... more
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01 October, 2009
1 October 2009   Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon is under mounting pressure to reconsider her decision to slash the Medicare rebate for cataract surgery.   Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton supported a call today from the Rural Doctors Association for the Federal Government to ... more
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22 September, 2009
22 September 2009   An AMA survey which showed that between 20,000 and 50,000 extra people might be forced to seek cataract surgery in public hospitals was all the more reason for the Rudd Government to drop its harsh proposal to halve Medicare rebates for cataract treatment.   Shadow... more
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18 September, 2009
Anxiety and Depression Awareness (ADA) Month - October 2009
beyondblue Anxiety and Depression Awareness (ADA) Month during October provides an opportunity for workplaces, community groups and individuals to take part in activities to raise awareness of anxiety and depression and help reduce the associated stigma. Depression is common and can affect anyone a... more
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18 September, 2009
Bonnie Babes Foundation - Small Miracles Launch
On 16th September 2009, during the Parliamentary sitting week I attended the launch of the book 'Small Miracles' at Parliament House.  The book has been published by one of Australia's top publishers Hachette Australia who publish everything from Enid Blyton to Stephen King and many well known... more
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17 September, 2009
Question Time Brief - 16th September 2009
 Today in Question Time, Mr Rudd and Ms Gillard again turned Parliament into a farce when they refused to answer questions on important issues such as the Rudd Labor Government's wasteful and reckless spending and the dangerous accumulation of debt. more
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16 September, 2009
16 September 2009 The Coalition has successfully moved to ensure Health Minister Nicola Roxon will not be able to make changes to the Extended Medicare Safety Net without reference to Parliament. The Minister, in future, will have to seek the approval of both the House of Representatives and the S... more
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16 September, 2009
16 September 2009 Nicola Roxon has been forced into another back-flip – today withdrawing treatment for macular degeneration from proposed caps to the Extended Medicare Safety Net. Sufferers of macular degeneration had feared the Rudd Government’s safety net caps would make their treatment unaffor... more
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16 September, 2009
Remember when Kevin Rudd uttered that four-letter word on television. It was as faked and staged as everything this Prime Minister does and probably run through a focus group fifty times before it left the Prime Ministerial mouth. I don’t think he can help it – he’s just plain boring. And the Par... more
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