Anthony Albanese says Labor would provide a ‘limited’ number of free RATs, would manufacture medical supplies in Australia

Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese has clarified Labor’s promise to provide free quick tests to all Australians if elected this year, saying people will have access to a “limited” number through Medicare.

Sir. Albanese has repeatedly blamed the federal government for extensive lack of quick tests and accuses the coalition of not preparing adequately last year ahead of a massive rise in Omicron cases.

Earlier this month, the government announced that eligible cardholders, including retirees and low-income earners, would be able to pick up a limited number of free RATs at some participating pharmacies.

In a speech on ABC’s Insiders program, Mr Albanese said a Labor government would extend access to all Australians.

“This is not a radical proposal,” he said.

“They should be available through the Medicare form, you would have a limit, as there is, the government has set a limit for concession card holders.

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