Political Responses

Below are the latest responses we have received from the major political parties. The text is provided is an excerpt only and we recommend you view the complete responses by clicking on the blue links.

Labour Party

Response provided 28 August 2013

 The Rudd Labor Government is committed to reducing the rates of sexually transmitted disease and blood borne viruses in Australia. From the first rapid test in Australia to safe injecting rooms, Federal Labor has a proud record on acting to prevent and support those diagnosed with sexually transmitted disease and blood borne viruses including hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Read the full response here.

Previous information from Labour

12 August 2013

Minister for Health and Medical Research, Tanya Plibersek revealed over $25 million dollars in new funding has been allocated over four years to Australia's response to blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections. This was not an Election announcement but had not been made public earlier as details were still being worked out. Approximately  $5.6 million is for improving testing, diagnosis and uptake of treatment for hepatitis B. The hepatitis B education program will include print and online materials for culturally and linguistically diverse groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people who inject drugs  A further $5.6 million has been allocated for reducing hepatitis and other blood borne virus rates by improving access to needle and syringe programs in rural and regional areas.

The Coalition (Liberal / National Parties)

21 August 2013

The Coalition's Policy to Support Australia's Health System was released.  

You can view the policy here

Hepatitis Australia has contacted the Coalition's Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing for more information about the Coalition's commitments to viral hepatitis.  

Australian Greens

Response provided 28 August 2013

The Australian Greens agree that hepatitis is one of the key health challenges currently facing Australia and that the fight against hepatitis will be fought on diverse fronts, from improved health services and governance, through to early risk assessments and preventative education.  
Read the full response here.

Page updated: 28 August 2013