Labor takes final dig at the Coalition’s health policy – with cake

Speaking at an event commemorating the landmark, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke – whose government presided over the birth of the scheme in 1983 – and Health Minster Tanya Plibersek suggested that Medicare may face an uncertain future under a coalition government.

Ms Plibersek warned voters not to “hand over our precious health system to a Liberal party that refuses to say what they will do with what we have built”.

"It's federal Labor that will always strive to protect and strengthen a healthcare system where your Medicare card is more important than your credit card," Ms Plibersek said.

Mr Hawke said that “every Australian is entitled to be in a situation where the prospect of illness or hospitalisation does not result in a potential financial catastrophe”.

"You can never have a decent equitable society if you don't have a health system that is universally available and an education system which is