Cap deferred: ‘Big win for common sense’

Treasurer Chris Bowen revealed the deferral to 2015 with little fanfare in a broader interim economic statement today.

“This will allow for further consultation on how best to target excessive claims while ensuring the impact on university enrolments and genuine continuing professional development is minimised,” he said.

The move was immediately lauded by the Scrap the Cap Alliance which has steadily gained momentum and supporters – including Medical Observer – since the measure was revealed in April. The federal opposition also opposed the move, and the deferral suggests an attempt to neutralise a polarising political issue ahead of an election.

The move also came days after a meeting between Scrap the Cap members and Treasury officials in