Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has questioned State MP for Keppel Brittany Lauga’s claims and misleading Labor campaign over funding for public dental services in Capricornia.
The hard-working federal MP was responding to a series of media statements in which Lauga attacks the Turnbull-Joyce Liberal-National Government over public dental funding for Queensland – when, in fact, the problem was caused by Lauga’s own federal Labor colleagues in Canberra.
In a statement Ms Landry said:
“Once again Labor's state MP for Keppel Lauga continues to mislead people in regard to funding for dental services in Capricornia.
“While the Queensland state Labor Government is broke and incompetent - and therefore has to run the state while heavily relying on Commonwealth handouts - here are the real facts in regard to dental funding for Queensland. You will clearly see that it’s Lauga’s own Labor Party that has yet again let the people of Capricornia down:
• On 23 April 2016 Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley announced the Commonwealth’s intention to introduce a new revolutionary $2.1 billion Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme (caPDS).
• The caPDS would have been the largest-ever Commonwealth investment to the states to provide frontline public dental services.
• By guaranteeing Commonwealth dental funding to the states in legislation for the first time, it would have given the states the certainty they need to invest in long term infrastructure that is desperately needed.
• However, because Federal Labor has not supported the caPDS, the legislation has not passed. It’s Labor’s own fault.
The Federal Government is now currently considering its options.
“Meanwhile, Lauga should throw her grenades at Bill Shorten and her own federal Labor colleagues, who clearly do not have the interest of people in Capricornia at heart,” Ms Landry said.
“Contrary to what the Member for Keppel says, Minister Ley has advised that the Child Dental Benefits Schedule will remain open until further notice. The Minister will also be advising the State very soon about the future funding arrangements for the Adult National Partnership Agreement.” Ms Landry said.