Bring on a ‘healthier’ 2016

ON THE eve of last year’s federal election, then shadow health minister Peter Dutton lamented in an interview with MO that the first lesson of losing government is the realisation of powerlessness.

The best piece of advice he’d received from former prime minister John Howard, he said, was to use his time in opposition to work on policy issues so as to be ready to hit the ground running if and when his party was handed back the reins.

Labor MP Catherine King, who has since taken on the unenviable role of shadow health minister, may

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