Medifact: fact-checking the nation's health

But a grassroots doctor revolt against one plank of the repackaged policy – to cut short-consult rebates – had forced Australia’s new health minister to announce she was taking that particular plan “off the table”. Still on the table was a rebate cut and freeze – and a renewed commitment to fight “six-minute medicine”.

The government was engaging in “slanderous GP bashing” to push through its cost-saving policies, said Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who held several press