The national cabinet meets for the first time since Anthony Albanese became prime minister. Health, the shortage of workers and the cost of living are on the agenda

Australia’s biggest health crisis saw the creation of a national cabinet and more than two years later, health remains front and center as the group meets for the first time since Anthony Albanese became prime minister.

State and territory leaders want consistency in health financing and an improvement in primary care to reduce the number of people in hospitals.

During the height of the pandemic, the then Morrison government increased Commonwealth funding for public hospitals to a 50:50 split, but that is set to expire in September and all state and territory leaders want it extended.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the government must not proceed with “Scott Morrison cuts”.

“All we want is some time, we want to buy some time to do some really important work, whether it’s three months, six months, whatever, we can’t proceed in September to cut health funding nationally, that it just doesn’t make any sense,” he said.

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