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Scrap the Cap timeline

13 April – Treasurer Wayne Swan announces a $2000 cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses, to come into effect from 1 July 2014. Expected to save $514.3 million over four years

16 April – AMA issues press release announcing its opposition to the                         tax change

–      AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton writes to Mr Swan raising concerns about the cap and asking for meeting

17 April – Dr Hambleton calls Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to object to the measure and calls Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton to discuss the issue

–      AMA Executive Council meets to discuss tax cap campaign

19 April – Senior AMA officials meet with senior adviser to Treasurer

22 April – AMA begins first survey of members on proposed tax cap

24 April – AMA writes to all Federal MPs setting out objections to tax cap

1 May – Dr Hambleton meets with Department of Health and Ageing Secretary Jane Halton

–      AMA releases initial results of online poll: of 4581 responses, 98 per cent of doctors report it will impair their professional development

Early May – Federal AMA, in conjunction with AMA (NSW) sets up the doctors4health campaign website

24 May – Ms Plibersek and Mr Dutton grilled on tax cap when they attend AMA National Conference, Sydney

25 May – AMA National Conference unanimously passes motion demanding Federal Government “urgently reverse” tax cap decision

31 May – Tax cap Discussion Paper released by Treasury

3 June – Dr Hambleton and Universities Australia chief executive Belinda Robinson agree to bring together key stakeholders affected adversely by the tax cap

21 June – Scrap the Cap website (slogan developed by AMA Public Affairs manager John Flannery) goes live

8 July – first meeting of the Scrap the Cap Alliance is held at Universities Australia, attended by representatives from 22 peak industry and professional organisations

17 July – In speech to National Press Club, Dr Hambleton highlights widespread concern over the tax cap

18 July – AMA lodges tax cap submission with Treasury

25 July – Shadow Education Minister Christopher Pyne condemns the tax cap as “bad policy” following a meeting with Dr Hambleton and other members of the Scrap the Cap Alliance

29 July – AMA publishes results of a major survey of 4200 doctors, showing they spend on average $12,637 a year on self-education expenses, meaning the cap will leave them $10,000 out of pocket

30 July – AMA hosts meeting of representatives from 30 organisations that are part of expanded 75-member Scrap the Cap Alliance

31 July – Dr Hambleton and senior AMA officials meet with Mr Abbott and Mr Dutton to urge the tax change be ditched

2 August – Treasurer Wayne Swan announces deferral of tax cap to 1 July 2015

7 September – Coalition wins Federal election

5 November – Dr Hambleton and AMA Secretary General Anne Trimmer meet with Assistant Treasurer Senator Arthur Sinodinos to discuss the cap

6 November – Treasurer Joe Hockey and Senator Sinodinos announce the cap has been scrapped