The Northern Star editor has coffee with Member for Page Janelle Saffin, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein at Cafe Cappello today.
The Northern Star editor has coffee with Member for Page Janelle Saffin, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein at Cafe Cappello today. Cathy Adams

PM announces $50 million stroke care funding

IN a flying visit to Lismore, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced he would be increasing funding to Medicare Local by $50 million to employ 70 stroke care coordinators that will assist patients in the transition from hospital to home.

He said "health and healthcare was in Labour's DNA" and warned the whole Medicare Local network would be disbanded by the Coalition, putting 3000 frontline healthcare workers out of work and affecting care to people all over Australia, particularly in regional Australia.

He also praised Page MP Janelle Saffin for her dedication to her electorate and her incredible workload, saying "she makes me look like a slacker".

With a huge national media contingent in tow, Mr Rudd also fielded questions on a range of other topics including; gay marriage, whether we should boycott the Russian Winter Olympics because of Mr Putin's anti-gay laws, asylum seeker policy and the legalisation of marijuana before bringing the conversation back to the Opposition's "hidden agenda" of cuts.



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