Why the Liberals are shielding Ley from the health debate

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

The posters are going out under Malcolm Turnbull’s signature “I guarantee Medicare stays”. The government is clearly alarmed that Bill Shorten’s Medicare scare campaign could take hold.

But what, in the public mind, is the currency of a “guarantee”? We’ve had so many of them. No cuts to all sorts of things, from Tony Abbott. No

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