“Coalition members, when given the opportunity, will undermine Medicare at every possible opportunity.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Interview (25 March 2019)
Truth on Medicare
More Australians than ever are now seeing a doctor without having to pay. Last year, 88.7% of GP visits were bulk billed – up from 82% in Labor’s last year in office.
Over 142.8 million free GP services were delivered in 2019-20.
In 2017, the Government passed the Medicare Guarantee Act, which guarantees Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme with legislation.
Medicare funding has increased from $19.5 billion in Labor’s last year(2012-13) to $30 billion in 2021-22. It will increase further to $33 billion by 2024-25 – an increase of more than $13.5 billion since Labor was in government.
Source: Department of Health, 2021-22 Budget Papers
"Labor will reverse [the] $22 billion cuts to our schools."
Source: Anthony Albanese,Twitter (24 May 2017)
Truth on Schools
The Morrison Government has doubled school funding since coming to office.
The Government’s record funding commitment delivers an additional $37 billion for schools over the decade to 2029.
This increases average funding per student by 60% over a decade.
Parents can see for themselves all the facts on schools funding – including the funding increases at their local school, at the Department of Education’s School Funding Estimator. https://schools.education.gov.au/school-funding-estimator/
“I spoke about the Coalition's fixation on cutting investment in important public institutions, including our schools and hospitals.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Twitter (21 July 2018)
Truth on Hospitals
Hospital funding has increased from $13.3 billion in Labor’s last year (2012-13) to $23.6 billion this year – an increase of more than 77%.
As a part of the National Health Reform Agreement, the Morrison Government’s funding for hospitals will exceed $130 billion over five years.
Annual hospital funding will more than double compared to Labor – from $13.3 billion in 2012-13 to $29.9 billion in 2024-25.
The Morrison Government has also committed over $16.5 billion to deliver key health support in response to COVID-19. This includes unprecedented support across primary care (including telehealth, home delivery of medicines and respiratory clinics), aged care, hospitals, research and the National Medical Stockpile.
Source: Department of Health, 2021-22 Budget Papers
“Pensioners will always be better off under Labor.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Radio Interview (18 June 2018)
Truth on Pensions
Since the Coalition was elected in 2013, pensions have increased by $134.60 a fortnight for singles and by $202.80 a fortnight for couples combined.
Income Support for seniors is increasing by $6.7 billion – from $50.1 billion in 2019-20 to $56.8 billion in 2024-25.
The Morrison Government has also provided two additional Economic Support Payments of $250 to eligible income support recipients, healthcare card holders, and Veteran payments recipients.
Source: 2021-22 Budget Paper No. 1 - Budget Strategy and Outlook
"All up, federal funding for TAFE and skills training has been cut by $2.8 billion."
Source: Anthony Albanese, Speech (28 November 2018)
Truth on TAFE
The Morrison Government is investing a record $12.4 billion over two years to keep apprentices in jobs and help Australians re-skill.
The Government has provided an additional $2.8 billion investment to support small and medium businesses to retain their apprentices through COVID-19 through the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy.
The Government is also investing $1.2 billion to assist small, medium and large businesses to take on 100,000 new apprentices and trainees through a 50% wage subsidy.
The Government is also delivering the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund in conjunction with states and territories to provide around 340,000 additional training places in areas of skills need by offering free and low cost courses.
The federal government does not directly fund TAFEs. The federal government provides money to state governments which is then spent on training and apprenticeships.
Under the last Labor Government, there was a decline of 110,000 apprentices (or 22%) in just one year (2012-13), the largest annual decline on record.
When Anthony Albanese was Deputy Prime Minister, Labor cut $241 million from incentives to encourage employers to take on apprentices.
Source: National Centre for Vocational Education Research – Historical time series of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia from 1963 to 2017
“December 2015 and May 2016: As Treasurer, Scott Morrison cuts almost $2 billion from the aged care budget.”
Source: Anthony Albanese, Twitter (26 August 2020)
Truth on Aged Care
Funding for Aged Care has actually grown by over $1 billion each year since the Coalition came to office.
The Government’s investment in aged care has grown from $13.3 billion in 2012-13, to $26 billion in 2021-22 before increasing to $32.8 billion in 2024-25.
The Morrison Government has provided more than $1 billion of direct assistance to support senior Australians in aged care during the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the Coalition, the number of home care packages has increased from 59,300 under Labor in 2011-12 to 275,597 forecast for 2024-25, an increase of 365 per cent.
At the 2019 election, Labor committed no additional funding in their costings for home care places or any additional funding for aged care quality, workforce or mainstream residential aged care.
Labor’s previous claim that $1.2 billion was cut from the Budget was found by ABC Fact Check as “misleading”.
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