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Labor:billions for guns and nothing for gums

Health Minister Nicola Roxon has said that a universal dental health care scheme would cost $4 billion and this Labor Government just doesn’t have the money.

She’s lying. The Government next year will spend $26 billion on ways to kill people overseas. In fact Rudd Labor is increasing defence spending by 3 percent in real terms a year until 2016.

$1.1 billion currently goes to keeping troops in Afghanistan, the Middle East, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. An extra $487 million next year is going to protect our killers in Oruzgan province in Afghanistan.

So there’s over $1.5 billion the Government could use to fund Denticare. Just bring the troops home.

The defence white paper set out proposals to buy new ships, submarines, jet fighters and other items worth billions. Canceling those purchases would easily fund Denticare.

In the Government’s response to the Henry Tax Review Rudd and Swan announced company tax cuts and accelerated depreciation for business that in 2013/14 will cost over $3.2 billion. But apparently the Government doesn’t have any money for a universal dental health scheme.

What it doesn’t have is the will. Rotten and rotting teeth are a sign of poverty. The poorer you are the more likely you are to have bad teeth.

So while Rudd is talking to billionaire miners he is ignoring poor people. That is Labor’s role in life – to screw the poor and workers to benefit the rich while weeping crocodile tears. 

Labor has billions for guns. It has nothing for gums.



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Comment from peter piper
Time May 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

if only the downtroden would put out their fags and buy some dental floss, most of these problems would evaporate. If the aborigines would make sure their kids were clean, trachoma would be eradicated…its rather easy really, and very cheap.

Comment from Kieran
Time May 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

Yay, that’s the spirit, blame the poor for the sin of being poor, blame the fucking victim!

It’s all our fault that we experience poverty, and getting us to internalise this has been the greatest triumph of capitalism thus far.

currently very fucking poor, and in need of some fucking work on my teeth.

Comment from Jack Randles
Time May 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

While I agree a national dental health scheme is needed, of more importance is a National Health Scheme. Medicare is a reasonable health scheme but is sadly deficient compared to the national health schemes in european countries such as France and the UK , just two examples of good all embracing national health schemes. Will any Australian Government have the guts to bring in a national health scheme including dental, mental, disabled, the elderly/ With emphasis on the patients not on the medicos? age,

Comment from Arjay
Time May 13, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Aust is the World’s 13 th largest spender on defence,yet we are ranked 51st on size of population. Our pop is 0.33% of the world.Where does all this money go?

A very good point of contention John.

Comment from Terry Wright
Time May 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm

It’s such an understated issue in the media and public. Thanks for raising it. Exactly who is going to invade Australia … Nauru?

The other elephant in the room is drug enforcement and drug policy. It would have to cost $5 billion+ if we include courts, prisons, police, boarder protection, customs, anti-drug campaigns, drug related harms etc.

It’s not like current policies/prohibition has decreased drug use or reduced health problems. Every $1 spent on treatment saves $7 on incarceration(I think).

Comment from John
Time May 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Thanks Jack. I agree, and the cost of universal health care should be borne by re-allocating inefficiencies like defence spending to efficient areas like health and education. And taxing business who benefit from having a healthy workforce and a health system which looks after its workers.

Comment from Dave Bath
Time May 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

The perpetual budget increases for defence are pretty sick, not only for the fact that there are other needier portfolios that can use the funds, but for the never-ending evidence of gross procurement inefficiencies and incompetence. If audits and the like are correct, with half-way decent management, we should be able to get much more kit with a much lower spend. If the health services were as wasteful as DMO, there’d be hell to pay.

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