Saffin and Hogan to debate health
A FIERY showdown can be expected between Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin and the electorate’s Nationals candidate Kevin Hogan on Tuesday, when they debate the already raging topic of the federal public hospitals takeover.
Yesterday, Mr Hogan challenged Ms Saffin to a debate that will coincide with the much-anticipated clash between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott at the National Press Club in Canberra.
“If it is important enough for the PM to agree to debate Mr Abbott, I don’t see why Ms Saffin shouldn’t do the same in her electorate,” Mr Hogan said.
To which Ms Saffin replied: “Bring it on.”
“Mr Hogan needs to explain to the local community why he is standing for a political party which starved our hospitals of funding, particularly in regional Australia,” she said.
Mr Hogan suggested the Lismore Workers Club as a venue, with local media to moderate and organise the ground rules.
“People need to be properly informed about Labor’s rushed takeover plan, and I very much look forward to discussing this with the incumbent Page ALP Member,” he said.
Ms Saffin said the ‘fundamental difference’ between the Government and Opposition was that the Government had a National Health and Hospital Networks Plan, compared to the Liberal and Nationals’ ‘one press release’... and a comment that they will ‘flesh out something’ between now and the election’.