'GP tax' not on agenda: Abbott

Answering questions in the House of Representatives yesterday, Mr Abbott said he believed the “average Australian GP does a very good job, often under difficult circumstances, and we want to support general practice”.

In response to a question from shadow health minister Catherine King about whether he believed there was over-servicing in general practice and whether Australians went to their GP too often, Mr Abbott said he had “nothing but admiration and respect for the GPs of Australia”.

“The general practitioners of this country are absolutely the backbone of our system because, apart from the individual himself or herself, the one person in the whole of the system who invests the time, energy and effort in managing an individual's health is that person's GP,” he said.

“We will do what we can to make their job easier, not harder.”

Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan subsequently asked Mr Abbott