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The Independent Weekly
Health industry professionals
are concerned about a lack
of policy detail from the two
While the Labor Party this week
announced funding for emergency
departments, mental health and
disability, the Coalition is yet to
unveil its health policy.
Shadow Health Minister Peter
Dutton said the yet-to-be-released
plan was devised in conjunction
with doctors and nurses, and would
see a shift towards community
control. He would not say when it
would be announced.
Despite announcements of
$277 million for suicide prevention
and a $12,000-per-child early
intervention disability scheme,
health professionals say they still
lack detail on the core Labor health
policy -- April s hard-fought Council
of Australian Governments (COAG)
agreement which will see the
Federal Government responsible for
financing 60 per cent of hospitals.
Acting president of the South
Australian branch of the Australian
Medical Association Dr John
Sporne said health policies from
both sides lacked substance.
"They [Labor] have made a
number of announcements but the
detail of those announcements is
still unknown in many cases ... and
on the whole COAG reform, there is
still an awful lot of working through
to do on that," he said.
Dr Sporne said it was disap-
pointing the Liberals had delayed
announcing their policy, with voters
and the industry needing time to
analyse it and respond.
Australian Nursing Foundation
(ANF) SA secretary Elizabeth
Dabars said it was surprising health
had not been given a higher priority.
"It is a concern, because in a
couple of weeks we re going to be
asked to go out and vote, and for
most people in the community, their
health is the most important thing
they ve got."
Ms Dabars said Labor s work had
been "positive ... but not entirely
satisfactory", and she was con-
cerned about cuts under a possible
She said key concerns for the ANF
included carer pay rates and staffing
levels in aged care and personal
care. Dr Sporne believes general
practice, preventative health and
cutting the administrative burden
are areas that need attention.
Mr Dutton said Labor s work on
health was disappointing.
"Rudd and Gillard promised to fix
hospitals by mid-2009. I don t think
any Australian could say public
hospitals have been fixed," he said.
But in Adelaide on Wednesday,
Health Minister Nicola Roxon said
South Australians should be satis-
fied with the work of the Federal
"It is all good news ... Reform is
hard work and there is plenty more
to be done," she said. "That is why
we are putting our record before
SA, asking for the opportunity to
continue the good work."
Ms Roxon announced an
additional 100 sub-acute beds for
South Australia -- 20 for repatriation
and 80 for mental health -- as part
of the COAG-agreed health reform.
The $96 million announcement for
emergency department funding was
first allocated as part of an updating
of this year s budget.
Critical concerns for health
The major parties refusal to sup-
port same-sex marriage will cost
them votes at the federal election,
say SA gay rights lobbyists.
"It s definitely an important
issue -- not just for gay people but
also for their families, friends and
others," said Equal Love spokes-
man and Australian Sex Party
candidate Jason Virgo.
"The Government is basically
saying that our relationships are
not as good as those of hetero-
sexuals. I think the Sex Party, the
Greens and the Democrats will get
a lot of support as a result."
Equal Love is organising a
rally outside SA Senator Penny
Wong s Adelaide electorate office
on August 14 after the lesbian
minister this week publicly
supported the Labor Party s
stance of defining marriage as
an institution for heterosexual
Ms Wong cited "cultural,
religious and historical views as
the reason for not legalising gay
marriage. Prime Minister Julia
Gillard has also said she does not
support same-sex marriage.
National lobby group
Australian Marriage Equality
said the policy of both major
federal parties ran counter to
public opinion, with a Galaxy poll
last year finding more than 60
per cent of Australians believed
same-sex couples should be able to
marry in Australia.
Mr Virgo said he knew many
gay couples in SA who had
travelled overseas to marry, but
their commitment was still not
legally recognised in Australia.
"It sends a message that it s
OK to discriminate, and the
Government should be protecting
Teri Mitchell-Smith, spokes-
person for SA s Let s Get Equal
Campaign, said she was dismayed
Labor would not consider chang-
ing its policy.
"It will certainly affect how
some people vote," she said. "My
partner and I got married in
Canada but it isn t recognised
here and that makes us very sad.
At least five couples I know have
gone to Canada to marry."
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-
Young vowed this week to bring
back her Marriage Equality
Amendment Bill in the new
parliament, saying same-sex
marriage was an equality issue.
Equality on the line
Love between equals: Adelaide couples rally to support gay marriage.
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