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COAG meeting on health reform continues

The meeting between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and state and territory premiers and chief ministers on the proposed health reforms looks set to continue tomorrow.

Rudd’s proposed reforms include $739 million in aged care measures, which he announced last Monday.

At lunchtime Rudd emerged from the talks and told reporters there was a long way to go before an agreement on health reform would be reached.

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett said he didn’t expect a deal until tomorrow.

Victorian Premier John Brumby said discussions so far had been productive and positive. NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said progress had been made in the morning session, which touched on resourcing, elective surgery and emergency care.

The COAG meeting has been ongoing since 10am this morning.

Rudd is proposing the commonwealth claw back 30 per cent of states’ GST revenue in return of taking control of 60 per cent of hospital funding.

However, the claw back of GST is a no-go zone for Victoria, Western Australia and NSW who want it put into a pool.

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