Health funding and a compensation for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse are set to dominate today's COAG meeting of federal, state and territory governments.
The Turnbull government goes into the meeting offering what it says is a $30 billion boost to health funding over five years, calling on the states to take on 55% of the funding burden. But state governments are unhappy with the offer, according to The Australian Financial Review, and want to see the levels of funding promised under the Gillard government restored.
With the disagreement over health funding likely to drag on after today's meeting, Malcolm Turnbull's commitment to deliver an apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse will put pressure on premiers to sign up to the proposed national redress scheme. Advocates for survivors have called on churches and other institutions to join the Prime Minister's apology, and say state and territory leaders should not leave today's meeting until a deal on the redress scheme is reached.