Albanian promises health, indigenous voice

Labor leader Anthony Albanese has used a campaign trip to the Northern Territory to announce significant funding for Medicare and reiterate his pledge to give an Indigenous voice to parliament.

Flanked by Marion Scrymgour, Labour’s candidate for Lingiari, Mr Albanese criticized Morrison’s government for excluding a vote from parliament, as called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

“The only voice Scott Morrison ever wants to hear is his own,” he told reporters in Darwin on Saturday.

“First Nations people are simply asking to be consulted on issues affecting their lives… What they are asking is a partner, for a joining of hands in our common interests.”

The area has attracted significant interest from both major parties during this campaign, as the two federal seats, both held by Labour, are at stake.

When asked if he would change if he were elected to parliament, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to do on Friday, Mr Albanese said he was known for his consistent nature and had never forgotten where he came from.

“What you see is what you get. The values ​​I was raised with, the values ​​that are dear to me, are the values ​​that I will incorporate into government,” he said.

Mr Albanian said he would be the one to unite the country after the prime minister tried to divide it.

But a Lingiari voter told AAP he found neither campaign inspiring nor convinced by either.

“I think it’s a bit of a circus, they’re handing out all this money and they’re trying to get everyone back on the sidelines when they should have done it in the previous three years,” said the Darwin voter, who did not reveal his vote. name.

“It’s kind of insulting that they come through and promise all these things in the past two weeks and then deliver none of those things in the next three years.”

The Labor leader was in Darwin to announce Medicare funding that he says will strengthen Australia’s public health care system.

“One of the things about primary health care is that it really saves you money over time,” Mr Albanese said.

“Getting that care early gives people better health outcomes, but more importantly, it takes the pressure off the hospital system and people who need much bigger health interventions.”

The $750 million pledge goes to the highest priorities in the system that Labor would set by the end of the year.

As of July 2023, $250 million per year would be provided to establish emergency care clinics, improve newborn screening, restore regional mental health services and boost regional health personnel.

The Australian Medical Association has welcomed the announcement of increased investment in the country’s GPs.

“For many patients who are currently seeing multiple healthcare providers, at multiple appointments and in multiple locations, these policies can save them a lot of coordination, time and money,” said President Omar Khorshid.

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