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Medicine and Politics in Australia

Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(4):602-603. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-79-4-602
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Medicine, said the late Aneurin Bevan, architect of the British National Health Service, is at the heart of politics—a statement just as true for Australia.

There are two major political forces in Australia—Labor and non-Labor—the latter has used various names over the years but at present is constituted in the federal sphere by the Liberal and Country parties. Since the first federal parliament was elected in 1901, there have been fewer Labor than Liberal—Country party governments. In the last 30 years Labor held office from 1941 to 1949, the Liberal—Country Coalition from 1949 to 1972, and now Labor is back




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