Concern over potential anti-health agenda in WA Upper House

Concern over potential anti-health agenda in WA Upper House


Monday 27 March 2017

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The health of Western Australians could be at risk thanks to potentially suspect policies of a few new members of the Legislative Council, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said today.

 

The AMA (WA) said that parties with an anti-health agenda could use the Legislative Council and their negotiations with the new State Government to push for a number of dangerous ideas.

 

“The Liberal Democratic Party have said that they want to abolish Medicare, repeal current restrictions on firearms, reduce government spending on health and get rid of ‘sin’ taxes on damaging goods such as tobacco and alcohol.

 

“These are policies that belong in the Stone Age with their promoters,” he said.

 

Dr Miller also called on the three One Nation Legislative Councillors to disown the comments on vaccination made by their leader Senator Pauline Hanson.

 

“The new representatives elected for PHON should make it clear that they support the science behind vaccination, one of the most successful public health initiatives in history, including the importance of herd immunity.”

 

Dr Miller added that the election results happily confirmed the irrelevance of the Fluoride Free WA Party.

 

“The Liberals would do well to reflect that their bungling of projects and lack of engagement in new ideas on health cost them dearly,” he said.

 

“As we saw at the last Federal Election, the public watch health closely and keep it in mind when they vote.

 

“Labor seems to be engaging and we hope for the good of everyone that they manage to do better than their predecessors, especially around bed capacity and mental health. You can be sure the AMA will be watching,” Dr Miller said.

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