Families, doctors and pensioners rally against co-payment

ABOUT 2,000 protesters have staged a noisy but peaceful rally in central Melbourne against the Federal Government's proposed $7 Medicare co-payment.

Waving placards that read "hands off Medicare" and "stop the cuts", the demonstrators marched from the State Library down Swanston Street to Federation Square, briefly disrupting city traffic.

The rally included many young families and pensioners and heard from doctors, midwives and Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King.

"Every time the Liberals get into office, they try to destroy Medicare and this is the latest attack from Tony Abbott," Ms King told the crowd.

Changes to Medicare are among the most controversial in the budget and are yet to pass the Senate.

Read more at ABC news online.



CQ woman launches her own brand of alcohol

Premium Content CQ woman launches her own brand of alcohol

She has joined the distilling industry as one of the few all-female founded and...

Hefty donation helps keep region’s rescue helicopter in air

Premium Content Hefty donation helps keep region’s rescue helicopter in air

A generous mining company will donate $30,000 annually over the next three years to...

Coastal gem hits market for first time in 25 years

Premium Content Coastal gem hits market for first time in 25 years

Owners have listed the ocean front property for an easy $2.2m.