Why Anthony Albanese’s latest promise has Ray Hadley seeing double
The most recent announcement by the Opposition Leader can hardly be described as ‘new’, Ray Hadley says.
Anthony Albanese has promised $135 million to roll out 50 emergency health clinics across the country if he’s elected in May.
There are reports the pledge was brought forward in Labor’s campaign to help the party regain control after a rocky start to the campaign trail.
But Ray Hadley says the policy sounds all too familiar.
“I’ve got twenty or thirty emails saying the same thing that I seized upon at 4.30 this morning.
“Wasn’t this something Kevin Rudd tried to do back in 2007?” he quoted. “Yes, yes it was!”
“Now if the best Anthony Albanese can do … is toss up this idea that was put forward first of all by Kevin Rudd and failed Labor miserably while they were in government, he’s in big strife.”
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Ray Hadley and his listeners aren’t the only ones feeling “déjà vu all over again”.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said there’s a major reason the “disastrous” policy was never carried out in full the first time around.
“For those that don’t know, there was a disastrous policy under Kevin Rudd called ‘Super Clinics’,” he said.
“They didn’t build half of them, then those that they did, they didn’t run for the hours that they promised, they didn’t bulk bill at the levels they said.
“Of all the things that you could do in health, repeating the failed Super Clinic program is the most surprising.”
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