Roxon torpedoes $5b dental plan

“I don’t think that that is realistic,” Ms Roxon told the National Press Club last week when asked about Labor’s response to the Denticare proposal.

In a scheme loosely endorsed by doctors, the Greens announced a plan to overhaul the controversial Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) to make it more targeted to lower income earners, then expand it into a universal scheme over five years.

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale had said the scheme could be paid for by revenue from the mining tax but could still be covered by boosting the Medicare levy – a measure he said most Australians supported. The senator had wanted the scheme announced in the next federal budget.

Ms Roxon agreed it was an “anomaly in the system” that some Australians could not afford dental care, but the government would wait for an advisory committee to report on any dental reforms, which she said “might propose some scaling up of