Will Abbott completely scrap the GP Co-Payment? 310



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Sunrise on 7’s Facebook page made a post today that everyone is talking about! In a few words they’ve alluded to the fact that Tony Abbott may be considering completely scrapping the GP Co-Payment if it can keep the senior Liberals and backbenchers happy. But the big question is, would this be enough to save the not-so-popular Prime Minister?


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The thing is, even if he does do a complete backflip on this piece of policy, while we might all like him a little more for keeping a few more dollars in our pockets every year we still have the issue that dear Abbott isn’t a strong leader. If he can’t believe in and fight for his own policies – how are we meant to support them to? Do we want a leader who will backflip to stay in power and keep us all happy?

According to the Australian, newly appointed health Minister, Sussan Ley said, “We have clear guiding principles for these consultations around the need to maintain high-quality care and treatment and ensuring bulk-billing remains for vulnerable and concessional patients.

“However, official Medicare figures also show 72 per cent of services provided to non-concessional patients are currently being bulk-billed. I am therefore continuing to discuss the importance of ensuring that those who have the means to do so should be able to make a modest contribution towards the cost of their care and treatment.”

This somewhat clouded and slightly committal from the Health Minster about the GP Co-Payment makes it seem like removing the Go-payment policy could be a likely event.

Admittedly, I think Abbott has been put through the ringer somewhat unfairly. We made a list of things that have caused his unpopularity last week that included his wink, his smirk, his poor public speaking ability among others and there weren’t that many big things that have really happened to cause this great distaste. Except for one other thing that every single person who commented on the post said… His disregard for helping the poor Australians out there.

So will this really help him? Could this keep Tony Abbott in power? What do you think – is this Abbott’s last bid for popularity? Take our poll today and share your thoughts in the comments below… 


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  1. It won’t be enough to make us forget that is his idea of priorities.

    7 REPLY
    • Neil his priorities are the big corporations and his mates, not my kids and grand kids. get real!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Well Claudia ,He may not be perfect and theres certainly not anyone in the labour or greens that are any good either, so who you going to choose?

    • he has enormous debt to repay pensioners jumping up and down about paying dr. if they are pensioners they still would not pay journalists stirring for news. never trust labor party ever again

    • Agree with you Carol and Helen.people have short memories. God forbid if we had Shorten running the country. Where do people think the money will come from to pay our enormous debt, a legacy from Labour.

  2. I think what he’s forgetting is fairly basic. Even if he truly believes that his policies are for the long term good of the country (of the economy, the deficit) he hasn’t taken into account that the majority of people (check the bell curve….) only care about themselves and the immediate impact that policies have on them. The majority rules, and governments are meant to work for the majority, not just for an agenda that they believe is “good” for people – long term.

  3. Yes I hope we are not as unstable as labour and change our leader at the first sign of a bit of pressure. We knew it would be a hard road an unpopular decision and with half of the things proposed dont get through cenate? Come on people don’t fold know! show that the party has strength.

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    • The change of leader was bad for labour because the populace did NOT want it, only the party leaders. In the case of Tony Abbott, it’s the party leaders and the populace who want him gone.

    • ‘Bit of pressure’ which he has created for himself with his outdated, lockstep ideology and overall bumbling attempts to be a national leader. Nothing to do with Labor, in spite of his constant references, all his own doing.

  4. I think he has lost everyone’s trust already so his future is looking grim

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    • Go on the liberal page and you see how many say he is a decent and hard working person, educated and intelligent (OMG!!) and it is the population who do not respect him as the population is not decent anymore ahhahahahahahahahaahahhahahahahahahahaha….but truly I do not know if I have to laugh or to cry!!!! These people are blind and deaf!!!

    • No Liberal can be trusted. Finding a politician worthy of our trust limits us to a small group.

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      • Who is this small group? More than 50% of the population voted the Coalition in, i.e. the majority.

    • Claudia, he is well educated but, alas, has no common sense and just became too arrogant in the end since he bypassed his cabinet ministers and then lost their respect, regardless of what they say. He needs to eat a big dose of humble pie for sure. I met him years ago and thought at the time that he was not PM material and I still think the same. Wonder what Tuesday will bring?

    • Have a look at his likes, most of them came from India he has been buying likes, there has even been news articles about it.. how sad is that

  5. I can’t stand Tony Abbott, his policies or his Government but I would have to have a modicum of respect if they actually developed a policy and then saw it through to implementation. I know they have their issues with the Senate but the time and money wasted in developing these non-policies is appalling.

  6. Sandra, remember that TA ousted Malcolm Turnbull….well, may be Malcolm will return the compliment now…..he would certainly make a better all round leader and, if they do it now, they will recover and win the next election.

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    • Not with the same policies they won’t be because people want fairness and the big end of town to pay their fair share not just the ordinary people.

    • Malcolm will take this on board if he has any sense. He never agreed with many of TA’s policies anyway and had to tow the “party line” and he actually agreed with having a carbon tax or ETS as this brings in big money for governments and helps to stop pollution at the same time, or will in the long run.

    • Only time will tell it is ridiculous that so many mining magnats and large Australian owned corporations pay sooooo little tax employees and small business owners cop the lot

  7. even if they do scrap it..get real! It was The Liberal Party who started all this kerfuffle.. they don’t have the right to upset and worry people , then just say, oh we will drop it now and everything will be fine. first it was $5.00 then it went to $7.00 and on last attempt they want us to pay $20 more..they have to be kidding..you can’t trust them

  8. Good Grief, they may drop it today but they will bring it back at some stage, it has been the Medicare merry go round for months..it will take more than that to gain trust

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