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PM's new year dental cuts hurt

January 12, 2017

There are a lot of good things about the start of a new year in our community.

For a lot of us, it's a chance to refresh, recharge and come up with resolutions to improve our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

For some, it can mean the start of an exciting new chapter in their lives, whether that's a new year at school, or university, or starting a new job.

But unfortunately, the new year also brings with it some unwelcome changes from the LNP, including some severe dental cuts, which are going to hurt locals in our community.

Malcolm Turnbull has rung in 2017 by stripping hundreds of millions of dollars out of two key programs - the National Partnership Agreement into Adult Dental and the Children's Dental Benefits Schedule.

It will mean about 337,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians a year, including many in our local community, will miss out on life-changing dental work, putting even more pressure on waiting lists.

Our kids' oral health will also be put at risk, with eligible children having assistance for basic dental care cut from $1000 to $700.

More than 18,000 families in my electorate of Rankin and more than 15,000 in Forde have children who are eligible to have things like cleaning, fillings and root canals covered by this scheme.

The loss of $300 for essential dental services might not seem like much to the Prime Minister, but that will rip even more money out of local families' household budgets.

Worse still, some kids could miss out on the dental work they need.

My Labor colleagues and I will this year continue to stand up against the Turnbull Government's cruel cuts and attacks on the most disadvantaged people in our community.

First published in The Logan Reporter on 13 January 2017.