18 Australians are now infected with the hepatitis A virus. Speaking outside the House of Reps on Monday morning I asked one simple question - why is the Government still not acting to protect people at risk? Later that day the head of the Agriculture Department, Paul Grimes, directly contradicted the Prime Minister's claims that 100 per cent of all produce products were being screened. This is further evidence of the Abbott Government's chaotic and dysfunctional handling of a serious matter.
Recently the Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and International Development, Tanya Plibersek, was kind enough to visit the region. Together we spoke to reporters outside the Shoalhaven Memorial District Hospital about the Tony Abbott/Mike Baird health cuts and the impact this has had on hospitals. We were joined by Labor candidates Glenn Kolomeitz and Fiona Phillips who were keen to remind everyone that Premier Baird has failed to stand up to Tony Abbott on his harmful cuts.