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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 369 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2018 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      369. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
      (1) Is the minister aware of a commitment made by the federal Leader of the Opposition in his budget reply speech of Wednesday, 9 May 2018 to the effect that a Shorten-led ALP federal government would issue 20 licences across Australia for magnetic resonance imaging machines?
      (2) In recognition of the genuine need of goldfields residents, and in acknowledgement of the sincerity of 1 688 citizens who have signed a petition asking the Legislative Council to do all in its power to secure an MRI machine for the Kalgoorlie regional hospital, will the minister write to Mr Shorten asking him to put Kalgoorlie at the top of the list for one of the MRI licences that Mr Shorten has promised to issue if he becomes Prime Minister?
(3) If no to (2), why not?
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) Yes.
      (2) The minister has welcomed the recent announcement by the federal shadow Minister for Health and the federal Leader of the Opposition indicating that if federal Labor is elected, they will approve 20 new MRI licences nationally. I understand that the current federal government has granted only four MRI licences in almost five years in office. The Minister for Health will write to the federal Leader of the Opposition, the federal Minister for Health and the federal shadow Minister for Health requesting strong consideration for future MRI licences in Western Australia, including a high priority for Kalgoorlie.
(3) Not applicable.