Rob Oakeshott has again voted with the Labor Government, betraying the people of Lyne. Yesterday, thanks to Mr Oakeshott’s vote, the Gillard Government cut over $1 billion from Medicare, by closing the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS).
Mr Oakeshott voted to dump locals with cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, and other chronic diseases onto public dental waiting lists, to languish in pain for years. Under the axed CDDS, local Lyne dentists were able to treat these ill patients, 80% of whom were concession card holders. The Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing, Peter Dutton, fought to keep the scheme and was appalled at the crocodile tears from Mr Oakeshott.
“Mr Oakeshott has shown his true colours by supporting this dreadful decision of this hopeless Labor government. If anybody in the electorate of Lyne needed reminding that the Member for Lyne is simply a patsy of the Labor government, then they need to look no further than his contribution to this debate. It was an appalling position to take. He offered some hope, some promise, to those people who promised the member for Lyne that they would send their details through—and they did—yet their voices were not heard. The member for Lyne should stand condemned,” Mr Dutton said.
Health Minister Tanya Plibersek closed the scheme for the political motive of attacking Tony Abbott, thanks to the support of Mr Oakeshott.
“I want the Australian public to know that Tony Abbott was the compassionate health minister who presided over the creation of this scheme and Minister Plibersek is the one who ripped over $1 billion out of dental health. This is the minister who sought to destroy, for her own political gain, Tony Abbott’s scheme,” Mr Dutton said. Mr Dutton believes that the closure of the CDDS is cruel result, for which the people of Lyne can thank Mr Oakeshott.
“The most vulnerable in our society, those who are disabled or suffering from a chronic disease, will be those who feel the harshest blow from this government’s cruel act in disposing of the chronic disease dental scheme without having in its place anything until, in some cases, July 2014,” Mr Dutton said.