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Bill Shorten to make announcement in Moruya re Labor's Medicare Cancer Plan

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Above: Opposition leader Bill Shorten with his mum Ann. Mrs Shorten passed away from breast cancer in 2014. 

Labor leader Bill Shorten will be in Moruya this afternoon, to make an announcement in relation to Labor's Medicare Cancer Plan. 

Mr Shorten, who watched his mother battle breast cancer before she passed away in 2014, revealed the $2.3bn plan in last night's budget reply speech. He said it would be the biggest Medicare reform since Bob Hawke created the health care scheme. 

The unofficial Federal election campaign started earlier this week when the Government handed down an early budget.  The election is expected to be called any day. 

Labor says South Coast residents battling cancer will no longer be out of pocket if the Labor Party wins government.

$1.2 billion will go toward making almost all cancer scans free, including mammograms, CAT scans, ultrasounds, and PET scans and also new MRI machines will go to the  communities most in need. 

A further $433m will fund a new bulk-billed Medicare item for consultations with oncologists and surgeons for Australians diagnosed with cancer. Mr Shorten also guaranteed to list all cancer drugs recommended by experts on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Labor says one in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer, with up to 300,000 Australians each year skipping radiology because of cost.

Mr Shorten is expected to make the health announcement at South East Radiology in Moruya early this afternoon. Moruya is at the southern end of the Federal electorate of Gilmore.

Mr Shorten will be with the Labor candidate for Gilmore Fiona Phillips, who is hoping to take the ultra-marginal seat from the Liberal Party. 

Ann Sudmalis, the Liberal sitting member for Gilmore, is not recontesting the seat, with high-profile candidate, Warren Mundine, parachuted into the seat earlier this year to run for the Liberal Party.