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This is not the time to be cutting Medicare

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19 Jan 2015

This is not the time to be cutting Medicare

This week we look at the figures the Prime Minister is using to argue against Medicare cuts and ask if Medicare will be underfunded in 10 years .. doesn’t it need more money, not less?


00:30 A brief history of failed Medicare cuts

03:45 Abbott’s claims of spiralling costs examined

06:13 Brian Haverty teaser

07:00 Richard Kazimer’s US report

  • 2016 election hopefuls
  • Free education at community colleges
  • Plans for 50% renewables in California
  • In Virginia, crime won’t stop you being elected

27:30 More Medicare facts

29:15 Mitt Romney worried about the rich

31:30 David Campbell’s NZ report

  • Unemployment on the slide
  • Housing unaffordability in Auckland
  • Where’s the rare Rock Wren?

37:30 $2b subsidies for the Point Abbott port expansion

41:00 John Dobbie’s UK report

  • Farage’s beer holding competitor
  • The whereabouts of Beagle 2
  • The Berlin Wall for Suffolk
  • Smelly boys and girls
  • RIP Ethel Lang, long live Glady Hooper

52:00 What’s the Big Idea with Brian Haverty

  • Go Pro clothing
  • Homing pigeons for black box recorders
  • Black box recorders for cars
  • Slip n'slide to replace buses



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