13 July 2016

Union says health care and jobs are key fears for voters

| Michael Reid
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Cuts to health-care funding and public service jobs, the privatisation of Medicare and threats to weekend penalty rates are the key concerns for swinging voters in Eden Monaro, according to UnionsACT.

Union members conducted a weekend doorknock throughout the electorate, where the victory margin at the last federal election was 1085 votes, as part of the national union Build a Better Future campaign.

UnionsACT secretary Alex White claimed the doorknock survey revealed cuts by the Abbott and Turnbull governments to hospitals and Medicare were by far the biggest concern for swinging voters in Eden Monaro.

“Voters are very concerned that under Mr Turnbull, going to their local GP or getting emergency care will become too expensive for everyday people.

“This is compounded by deep concerns that local Liberal MP, Dr Hendy, is proposing cuts to weekend penalty rates for low-income workers.

“Swinging voters are telling us that a cut to penalty rates is a wage cut they can’t afford and don’t deserve.”


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