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Abbott and Cormann need ‘Plan B’ on Medical Research Fund: Bandt

The government's plan to make the Medical Research Future Fund contingent on the GP payment dooms the fund to failure and an alternative strategy is needed, said Greens Deputy Leader and Finance and Research spokesperson, Adam Bandt.

"The Prime Minister and Finance Minister are dooming the Medical Research Future Fund to failure by linking it to the GP fee," said Mr Bandt.

"The GP co-payment won't pass Parliament, so the government needs a ‘Plan B' if it is serious about establishing the medical research fund."

"Tony Abbott and Matthias Cormann must decide whether they genuinely care about medical research or are just using the fund as a fig leaf for unpopular Budget cuts."

"The Greens support increased funding for medical research and we hope that the government ultimately does too."


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