Downgraded Kingston Medicare not good enough

The CPSU has condemned the Liberal Party for downgrading Medicare and Centrelink services in Kingston, treating the community like second-class citizens.

The Liberals have claimed to have “saved” Kingston Medicare and Centrelink, even though the decision to close the centre had been made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Government.

The Kingston Service Centre will still be closed, with locals instead to be offered a downgraded service through the area’s Service Tasmania office.

CPSU Tasmanian Regional Secretary Jessica Munday said: “Our members have borne the brunt of community concern over the Turnbull Government’s plans to close the Kingston Service Centre and now they’ll be the ones stuck trying to deal with this half-baked response to a real problem.”

“Kingston is a rapidly growing area and staff at the Service Centre were struggling to cope with demand well before this closure plan emerged. Downsizing into Kingston’s Service Tasmania office simply isn’t going to cut it. Local people deserve decent local services.”

“The Government has previously tried to justify this sort of cold-hearted decision by suggesting residents are turning to online services such as the Medicare mobile phone app, but in reality our members say they’re being pushed to breaking point by short-staffing at Kingston and other sites in Hobart and Huonville.”

“The Liberal Party should be not just keeping the Kingston Service Centre open but giving it the resources it needs to properly serve the community. Anything short of that will show that their commitment to Kingston is a mirage.”