TAMMY SOLONEC LABOR PARTY
GENERAL: What measures are required for the Federal Government to combat the out-ofcontrol methamphetamine addiction in the community?
Labor welcomed the release of the National Ice Taskforce Report in December of last year. The Taskforce identified strategies to take a systematic and co-ordinated approach to education, health and law enforcement in order to tackle ice use. The report concluded that law enforcement efforts will only succeed if more is done to reduce demand, better coordinate prevention strategies and expand treatment services, particularly community support services. I have been hearing about this need from people in Swan and in my career I have been a strong advocate for early intervention, prevention and diversion to address crime.
GENERAL: How can the Federal Government deal with the health burden created by Australia's ageing population?
more to see the doctor and for medicines to get the treatment they need. This can lead to their health conditions deteriorating and people being admitted to hospital, meaning worse outcomes for the patient and greater costs to our health system. We need to ensure that the elderly who rely on the pension to get by, have access to bulk billing when needed.
GENERAL: Has Medicare bulk billing become unsustainable, rendering future co-payments and pre-payments inevitable?
Absolutely not. Nobody wants to head down the same path as America when it comes to our health system. That's why a Shorten Labor Government will restore indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule from 1 January 2017. This will apply to all services provided by GPs, allied health and other health practitioners and medical specialists.