MARK Latham with Richmond ALP candidate Justine Elliot at The Tweed Hospital.
MARK Latham with Richmond ALP candidate Justine Elliot at The Tweed Hospital.

Labor targets health



FEDERAL Labor leader Mark Latham made his third quick-stop visit to the Tweed yesterday in 12 months to talk up the Opposition's $1 billion hospital rescue package. Mr Latham concentrated most of his campaigning at the Tweed Hospital where he met with patients and staff. He said the hospital was under immense pressure because of a failing bulk-billing system, the need for more aged care and the cut of $1bn from the hospital by the Federal Government. "The collapse of bulk billing has increased by 50 per cent the amount of people that go to the emergency department here," he said. "It is the biggest issue that needs to dictate the result of this campaign." Mr Latham said Richmond was a very important seat in the election that they aimed to campaign extensively on education and health issues. He said Labor's $150 million funding for the Murwillumbah to Casino rail line was still on the table, but slammed the Price Waterhouse Coopers report on the rail. "Larry Anthony needs more than a feasibility study and report. What is needed is a commitment, to put money on the table."



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