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Labor's fiscal plan cuts clean energy & Medicare dental

With just four days left to vote, the Greens are calling on Bill Shorten not to cut Medicare-funded dental care and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

"Labor is walking away from two of the most significant achievements that the Greens helped negotiate during our time in multiparty government," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"10 weeks ago Bill Shorten was calling the Coalition's proposed changes to dental care a 'hoax' and 'the equivalent of cutting Medicare', but now Labor is joining with the Coalition to cut it.

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Greens pledge to introduce national Dying with Dignity laws

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was joined by former leader Bob Brown and the Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports today to announce the Greens' plan for national Dying with Dignity laws.

"The Australian Greens are today announcing our commitment to introduce the first ever national Dying with Dignity laws during the next term of parliament," said Senator Di Natale.

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New sugar tax is a sweetener for your health

Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale has announced a new tax on sugary sweetened beverages to help tackle Australia's obesity epidemic.

"We have a major health crisis on our hands with over a quarter of Australian adults and children overweight or obese," said Senator Di Natale who was a general practitioner and public health specialist before he entered politics.

30% of the added sugar kids consume comes from sweetened drinks, contributing to weight gain and a risk of diabetes, in particular for kids.

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Greens announce reboot of Medicare for chronic disease

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale has announced the Greens plan to reorganise doctors’ incentives, to make Medicare work better for patients dealing with chronic disease.

"A system that better responds to chronic disease would improve the lives of millions of Australians, and ease pressure on our health system,” Senator Di Natale said.

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Australian Greens - Meeting rural health needs

Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale has made a commitment to support the health needs of Australians living in rural areas. 

The Australian Greens call for the development of a National Rural Health Plan that will establish key areas of need for remote Australians, like an appropriate health workforce for the future, and develop strategies to improve health outcomes.

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Di Natale: Time to end the harm caused by illicit drugs

Speaking at a conference in Sydney this afternoon, Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale announced a Harm Reduction Innovation Fund to invest in practices that reduce and prevent the harm caused by illicit drugs.

"The old ways of dealing with Australia's longstanding illicit drug issue just don't work. We need to look beyond simply locking people up, to create clever, innovative ways to solve Australia's drug crisis."

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Three shockers make a bad Budget for health

Australian Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale says Scott Morrison's 4-year fiscal plan won't please anyone who values a quality health system.

"This Budget attacks universal dental care, cuts millions out of frontline health services, and contains a Medicare co-payment by stealth," Senator Di Natale said.

"Australians who value a quality health system will not be motivated to vote for the Liberals or Nationals at this election."

MBS indexation freeze: a Medicare co-payment by stealth

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The government's cuts to dental care

Senator DI NATALE

I move:

That the Senate—

(a)   recognises the success of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, which has provided access to dental care to children aged 2 to 17 since 2014;

(b)   notes:

(i)   That the broad exclusion of dental care from Australia's public health system causes hardship and poor patient outcomes for millions of Australians,

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