I was a member of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, which conducted this inquiry, together with my colleague the member for Chifley, who is in the chamber today. Can I start by expressing my thanks to my fellow committee members; the chair, the member for Cunningham; and secretariat staff, who not only did an excellent job in arranging the inquiry hearings and extensive field work that we did, providing us with excellent briefing documents, but also assisted in the compilation of this fantastic report. I am sure that I would speak on behalf of every committee member, even those who submitted a dissenting report, in saying that the support provided by the secretariat was nothing short of first-class.Read more
About three years ago I was honoured – and a little surprised – to receive a letter from former Prime Minister, Malcom Fraser.
The letter said in part:
“When Medibank Private was introduced in 1976 we believed that, if the Government were actively involved in the business, we would have a better handle on costs and outcomes than if it were all done by private enterprise.Read more
The National Health and Hospitals Network will deliver better hospitals by establishing a national hospital network, funded nationally and run locally. This is the most significant reform to our nation’s health system since the introduction of Medicare.
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