Mr Dutton told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday the government was confident the measure would be passed once senators understood the need to make the Medicare system sustainable. "We are making sensible changes and that's why I believe they will be supported through the Senate," Mr Dutton said. "I believe we can work constructively with those people that want a sustainable Medicare.
Labor says the government will eventually be forced to back down on the co-payment because there can be no middle ground on a new tax on the sick. "They should put that in the bad idea waste bin and start again," Opposition Leader Bill Shorten told a Canberra rally marking the 40th anniversary of Medicare.
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