Tony Abbot promises dental care. Or does he?

Because, on closer inspection, Tony Abbot didn’t actually say anything. All he did was promise to think about introducing a dental element to the current Medicare system after “the Budget returns to a strong surplus”.

I just finished reading four different articles published by four different newspapers. Each article claimed to be about Tony Abbot and his new dental scheme. And, to be fair, all four of them started out that way. They talked about how the Opposition Leader wants to introduce dental to the Medicare system. They mentioned how much Mr Abbot believes it would cost per year. And then they ran out of things to say so they all started talking about the rest of his speech.

I have, therefore, read significantly more about what a rubbish job Tony Abbot thinks our current government is doing with the economy (surprise surprise) than I have about his dental scheme. I have also heard about how he, if elected, will deign to spend a week of every year in a remote indigenous community, because “if these places are good enough for Australians to live in they should be good enough for a prime minister and senior officials to stay in.” Note how a prime minister and senior officials are not classed as ordinary Australians.

Why the lack of information? Because, on closer inspection, Tony Abbot didn’t actually say anything. All he did was promise to think about introducing a dental element to the current Medicare system after “the Budget returns to a strong surplus”.

I promise to think about providing every home in Australia with a pink giraffe if I get 100 comments on this blog. It’s not going to happen, but I really do promise to think about it.

Don’t get me wrong – I wholeheartedly agree that we need to include dental in the Medicare program. I think that not doing so is a gross oversight. That the Government will fund long-term antibiotics to stave off an increasingly nasty gum infection but won’t pay for you to see a dentist and have the problem fixed is beyond reason.

Tony Abbot, however, should not be applauded for what he said on Tuesday. Because without any promises his speech about adding dental care to the Medicare program is just another way to make himself look good and the Government look bad without lifting a finger to fix the problem.

Do you think Tony Abbot will introduce dental to the Medicare system if wins the next election?

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    2nd Feb 2012
    What a disappointment, anyway I wanted an Elephant, not a Giraffe.
    Many things the Government does, don't add up, why fund nicotine patches and not cut out cigarette manufacture, people die from smoking, why not fund dental care, dental hygiene is a matter of life and death, why are people in this country homeless, why allow alcohol promotion to the younger population saying it's our culture to drink, so that makes it ok?, people die from this, why allow a government to control Australia that breaks promises, why does China get gas from Australia for such a cheap price,only cents per liter yet we the Australian people pay top dollar, why does the Australian government sit back and say nothing to China about the slaughter of Tibetan monks,why? is the ultimate question. I can only come to one conclusion. It seems to me, when your in the top job prestige privilege and income blind you to the endless possibilities one can achieve in such a position, and ladder climbing and keeping that TOP job is all that's important. So yes, a Medicare-funded dental system would be the sensible thing to do, as with all the above issues to address and much more too numerous to mention. But alas, this title... Medicare-funded dental just another headline for votes, it wont happen, or it would have already been implemented long ago.
    So just remember you Australian hard working "Aussie Battlers", the back bone of this great country, just keep your head down, go about your daily life like the rest of us sheep, get herded to where the government wants you to go, don't for a minute think you can lift your head and have a say and make a difference, after all it's because of your taxes these people in power, have any power at all.
    12th Feb 2012
    None of the things Tony Abbott talks about will ever happen, simply because he is all talk and no action.The only thing he is good at is being insulting .
    2nd Mar 2012
    Tony Abbott IS hot air, not unlike our doctors cat, all p**s and wind!
    25th Sep 2014
    "Pigs might fly"

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