Most states reject Turnbull hospital deal

Most states reject Turnbull hospital deal


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Attorney-General Christian Porter says there are no excuses for not joining an abuse redress scheme.

Attorney-General Christian Porter says there are no excuses for not joining an abuse redress scheme.

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Malcolm Turnbull will discuss hospital funding and a redress scheme with state leaders in Canberra.

Malcolm Turnbull will discuss hospital funding and a redress scheme with state leaders in Canberra.

Two states have signed up to the prime minister's new national hospital funding deal, but others are calling for Medicare reforms and more cash before they agree.

The Council of Australian Governments meeting wrapped up in Canberra on Friday with the federal government reaching agreement with NSW and Western Australia on hospital funding.

However, Victoria won't sign until it sees Medicare reform, while Queensland will only sign once it gets $170 million in federal funding it is owed.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the agreement with NSW and WA would see an additional $9 billion and more than $3.5 billion respectively flow into their state hospital systems over five years from 2020.

"I look forward to other jurisdictions securing additional funding in coming months," Mr Turnbull said.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said it was a "line ball decision" for his Labor government to sign up.

"I would have liked to have seen more money from the commonwealth but I think I made the right decision on the basis of providing certainty for Western Australia," Mr McGowan said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her state would receive funding with a growth rate of 6.5 per cent, rather than 4.2 per cent under the old deal.

"I believe on behalf of the people of NSW it's an extremely fair and reasonable offer," she said.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he couldn't sign on until he saw a plan to reform Medicare to keep more people out of the hospital system, but he was "encouraged" the work would be done.

However, SA Premier Jay Weatherill - who is fighting an election - couldn't fathom how the federal government could afford a $65 billion corporate tax cut while not providing sufficient health funding.

"I don't accept that it's a question of money. I believe it's a question of priorities."

The premiers also agreed to formally respond to the recommendations of the royal commission into child sexual abuse by June.

The federal government wants the states and territories and institutions such as churches to sign up to a national redress scheme, which is scheduled to start on July 1.

Mr Turnbull said a national schools agreement was on track to be signed by September.

A review of the Closing the Gap program to address indigenous disadvantage was extended and is now due to report in October.

NSW and Victoria reiterated their intention to sell their shares in Snowy Hydro to the commonwealth, but work is still under way on terms of the sale.

A summit on cyberbullying is due to be held later in the year as education ministers work closely on a strategy to deal with the scourge.

Australian Associated Press

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