Tax cap dumped: the reaction
The $2000 tax cap galvanised the medical profession like no other issue since the medical indemnity crisis of the early 2000s.
When the Abbott Government announced on 6 November that the cap was dead, the AMA – which has led the fight against the change – was deluged with messages of congratulation and relief from its members. Here is a selection:
Congratulations and thank you for the convincing effort you and AMA have put into the campaign.
This is fantastic news.
Thank you for your hard work.
Well done. Common sense at last!
Good news Steve [Hambleton].
A job well done.
My thanks to all at the AMA for standing up for common sense.
Keep up with the good work you are doing.
Poor policy is finally seen for what it is.
Brilliant work, so very sensible.
Well done AMA!
Dr Winsome Hum
Consultant Psychiatrist, Monash Health
Thank you all very much for this.
This was just unbelievable,
Dr V Prasad
Thank you and the AMA for your strong efforts with this, and for promptly informing me.
Dr Sam Giummarra
Dear AMA President
Thank you so much
Dear Dr Hambleton,
Thank you for the email and the good news.
Thanks to AMA for the efforts made in bringing about this change in policy.
Dr Devi Radhakrishnan
Medical Registrar, RPH
Dear Mr Hambleton
On behalf of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society, I wish to thank you for your effort on this matter.
As medical women, we feel that it would have made it even harder for us to be able to afford some very necessary further education, due to cost and our reduced income, due to the fact that we often have families and work shorter sessions.
Victorian Medical Women’s Society
Dear Dr Hambleton,
Thank you for informing me about this. I am pleased to hear that the AMA has been successful in their pressure.
I was not very surprised though, taking into account the fact that weddings, sports events, inspections of investment properties and footy games are apparently tax-deductible and/or claimable in the current political climate.
Dr Ian Gotis-Graham and Dr Christina Gatzastras
I am extremely delighted with this news and would like to thank AMA whole heartedly for all their support in achieving this for all us doctors.
With Kind Regards,
Dr Gayatri J. Borude
Consultant in Reproductive Medicine , Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Thank you, congratulations and appropriately well fought
Dr Murray Blythe
Southern Cross Orthopaedic Group
Well done, great result.
Timothy J G Pavy
Head, Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women
Congratulations to you and the whole of the AMA.
This is a great victory for common sense and perseverance.
Dr Thomas Hardy
Melbourne (in Hobart on conference!)
Thank you Steve this is indeed very good news.
It is extremely important now that we as a profession do not leave ourselves vulnerable to accusations of rorting this deduction into the future.
If we are not seen to use this privilege ethically and responsibly we will surely loose it sooner or later and deservedly so.
Dr Rod Brown
Dear Dr Hambleton
This is indeed good news, and a just result for the sterling efforts of you and your colleagues.
I wrote a strong endorsement for the AMA’s stance in my column in The Australian Doctor, and am gratified to see the case for reason articulated by our profession to be acknowledged by our new Government.
My thanks and congratulations.
Dr Christopher Swan
Thanks to AMA for all your hard work coordinating our responses.
Dr Ruth-Ellen Marks
Fantastic result, for doctors and many other professionals & technicians!
Congratulations to the AMA, and thank you for your hard work on this issue.
Next challenge – individual contracts in Queensland HHS boards… this will be tougher, and we really need your help.
Associate Professor Christian Hamilton-Craig
Staff Cardiologist, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane