Key senator says govt wants to kill Medicare

The PUP senator-in-exile launched a scathing attack on the government today, saying the decision to abandon a short-consultation rebate cut was motivated by the election in Queensland, where Premier Campbell Newman is in danger of losing his own seat of Ashgrove. 

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has reportedly been sounded out to replace the premier should the seat be lost to the ALP at the 31 January poll.