Now for the pictures. Well the Liberals have finally got the shadow health minister talking about health. After Opposition Leader Tony Abbott yesterday ordained hospitals as the big coming campaign issue, Peter Dutton this morning has broken his silence. He told ABC Radio that the Federal Opposition is willing to offer bipartisan support for a referendum to overhaul health funding.
Referring to previous indications by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that he will seek a legal mandate for a federal takeover of the health system if the states do not fix it, Mr Dutton said a referendum could happen at the next election. "We would offer that bipartisan agreement to the Prime Minister for a referendum at this election," he said. "Then Mr Rudd would be a complete fraud if he rejected that offer."