Prime Minister Scott Morrison spruiked a $308 million Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme revamp and defended his party's action on climate change in another visit to Tasmania's North on Thursday, but not before a stop at Agfest.
Eschewing the gumboots, Mr Morrison attended the opening ceremony and mingled with the crowds before heading to Stonesthrow in Norwood to meet with the Emery family - whose 13-year-old son suffers from cystic fibrosis.
The flagged changes to the PBS would see a reduction in the safety net threshold by 12 scripts per year for a person or family with a concession card, saving them about $80 a year.
"Luke can look forward in the future with confidence because of drugs like Orkambi but more importantly that they become accessible to families like Luke's," Mr Morrison said, speaking to media afterwards and referring to a drug added to the scheme last year.
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"Every bit counts, it's a responsible measure to make life just that little bit easier, particularly when you're having multiple medicines.
"Regardless of what age you are, whether you're a young 13-year-old boy like Luke or you're in your 70s or your 80s or even your 90s, these drugs make a difference," he said.
"We've talked a lot in this campaign about the economy and a strong economy, this is why."
The Prime Minister also weighed in on social media posts alleged to have been made by Lyons candidate Jessica Whelan, saying they would be referred to the Australian Federal Police
Responding to questions about whether his party was serious about tackling climate change, Mr Morrison said the election was not about "whether we should" take action.
"We have taken action on climate change, and we will continue to take action on climate change," he said.
Mr Morrison added that his government had turned a 700 million tonne emissions "deficit" into a 369 million tonne surplus - a claim labelled "misleading" by an RMIT ABC Fact Check in April.
He also dismissed Labor's target of reducing carbon emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 as "reckless" in comparison to his own party's target of 26-28 per cent.
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