Super for paid parental leave and Medicare at forefront

Paid parental leave and Medicare services will receive billions in funding next week federal budget.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers noted the measures in an interview with 9News political editor Charles Croucher on Today this morning.

The Government will set aside $1.1 billion in super contributions for paid parental leave in the upcoming Budget, then $600 million a year after that when the scheme is up and running.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers will deliver the federal budget on Tuesday. (Nine/Today)

“When mums or dads enter the government-paid parental leave system, they shouldn’t miss out on a retirement pension,” Chalmers said.

From 1 July 2025, eligible parents will receive an extra 12 per cent of pension benefits on top of their government-funded parental leave.

“We understand that when people make difficult choices about having children, we need to support them,” he said.

The treasurer also committed $3 billion to strengthen Medicare and an $8.5 billion investment in health care overall.

Health Minister Mark Butler will today announce a further $227 million in funding for 29 additional urgent care clinics, bringing a total of 87 clinics to open across the country.

The clinics will offer care to guests and will operate seven days a week during extended hours, with services billed in bulk to Medicare.

“We recognize that health care and group bills are a big part of the cost of living challenge,” Chalmers said.

“And so we want to make life a little easier for people. That’s why we’re making this investment.”

The Treasurer will announce the full list of federal government measures when he presents the Budget on Tuesday.

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