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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) has congratulated the Federal Government for seeing sense and scrapping the former government’s proposed $2000 cap on tax deductions for work related self-education expenses.
“The AMA (WA) was a strong supporter of the Scrap the Cap Alliance that campaigned strongly against the proposal that would have had a major negative impact on medical education in Australia,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.
Over 24,000 people signed the Alliance’s online petition urging the government to reverse its ill-advised proposal.
“The AMA has demonstrated that working with other professional organisations that would have been impacted by the Cap can make a difference. By joining forces and putting forward a reasoned argument, the government has had no choice but to listen and act,” Dr Choong said.
“This is a victory not only for common sense but also for good policy direction. It was always incredible to me that a government which said that education was a priority would, at the same time, consider a policy that would have been so detrimental to education and training.
“The cap would have been a significant disincentive to doctors to continue their training and education, and the people most affected by this foolish policy would have been our patients.
“Thankfully we have avoided the negative outcome the cap would have created, and we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief, knowing that our doctors will continue honing their craft by receiving the best training and education possible.
“I would like to thank the many supporters who backed the AMA on our campaign to scrap this negative policy proposal, especially the students, doctors in training, and regular citizens who took the time to lend their support. Special thanks should also go to Minister for Education Christopher Pyne for recognising the logic in our argument,” Dr Choong said.