The development of a national alcohol strategy has been plagued by ideology, lack of evidence and passionate loathing of industry from public health fundamentalists.
Private health insurance is another front in our society’s widespread economic war on younger people.
Both major parties continue to see our community as a problem that requires solving. Nothing will be solved until we have a seat at the table.
Labor has long insisted the government cut health funding. In fact, health spending has risen significantly under the Coalition.
Labor is talking about nothing but health, which is a positive for Bill Shorten but serves voters poorly when there are more critical issues to be dealt with.
By aiming the budget at a list of political problems, the government has begun the election campaign fighting on Labor's preferred battleground of health, education and low income earners.
Scott Morrison's commitment to 1.25 million jobs in coming years is great news for migrants in the health sector.
The economy will be reliant on health spending for much of its jobs and wages growth over the next couple of years — and the government is increasing it.