Federal Member for Fairfax

Media release

The federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, says the Abbott government has succumbed to pressure from the Palmer United Party by dropping plans for the GP co-payment.

Mr Palmer said the Palmer United Party and its senators Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang opposed the $7 co-payment because of the damage it would cause for the nation.

“The co-payment is dead and this is a victory for the Palmer United Party,” Mr Palmer said.

“Low income earners, single parent families, pensioners, nursing home patients and those who are socially or financially disadvantaged were to be hardest hit by this disastrous policy.

“It was a ruthless attack on Australians when savings can be made elsewhere in the budget.

“But Prime Minister Tony Abbott has succumbed to our rationale and dropped the co-payment.

‘This is one of the major issues our senators have fought for since they entered federal parliament this year.

“The Palmer United Party is the last sentry at the gate for Australians deserving a fair go.”

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