Rudd's health policy is an absolute con. Now, I follow politics very closely, and even I was left with the impression during the last election campaign that his Total Federal Takeover, was a promise to take over the RUNNING of the hospitals - I'm sure this is the impression most other folk had too.
Now, as it turns out, his plan is:
- Nine months late
- Only relates to FUNDING not RUNNING
- Is not a total takover from the States at all, but merely a switch from 40-60 to 60-40 funding-wise.
And, like his promise to take the Japanese to the international courts over whaling, the delivery will not take place until after the next election.
His promises are so big, but the delivery (if at all) is so small.
We'll see how small the States think it is when they complain about how it will affect them. Every commentator I've heard over the past 24 hours has admitted (even the dire ones like Kieran Gilbert and David Speers) that he talked about funding last election campaign. I'm pretty sure that if he didn't we'll hear about it soon enough.
Be interested to hear what Abbott says, as it closely resembles what he was after. That, and the fact he was health minister for years and did SFA. The other benefit for Labor is that this puts Dutton in the spotlight. Gold.
Last edited by Burgey; 03-03-2010 at 07:41 PM.
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Dutton is still in with a chance for the fact that the ALP candidate should have been campaigning six months ago but is yet to be endorced.
Was an excellent article on Crikey yesterday about how deaths in the construction industry have risen almost 20% since the Libs brought in the ABCC, significantly restricted unions right to entry and stopped construction worker's ability to strike over safety concerns.
If anyone's responsible for industrial manslaughter it's surely Kevin Andrews.
As you can see the Libs gave their preferences to the DLP (they would have undoubtedly preferenced FF over the ALP though if the DLP had been excluded by that stage)
It literally got down to a scenario where the Greens and Family First both sat on 72% of quota and the ALP preferences would decide who got elected. All 219,000 above the line preferences flowed to FF.
Fielding got 56,000 votes in his own right and another 500,000 from other group's preferences.
Last edited by James90; 04-03-2010 at 02:31 AM.
So will there be uncapped spending on health procedures or will we stick with a set $ budget for each hospital a year? Probably a fair question to ask which leads to:
a) we need to do more with less but get the balance right between efficiency and effective treatment of patients.
Maybe the $7 a day for TV can be taken and put back into health
Last edited by Redbacks; 04-03-2010 at 03:24 AM.
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Funding doubled during Howard's tenure.
Andy, not Nathan. NOT Nathan. My left hand is reserved for lighting cigarettes.
$51 billion in 07/08 compared to $19 billion in 95/96
All that inflation is it?
You only have to look at the Labor states to see how well Labor does health.
Nobody thought it was Federal until Mr The Buck Will Stop With Me pledged a "Full Federal Takeover". Turns out, much like his other promises, that it's nothing like a full takeover.
At least with Hawke, Keating and Howard...they had substance. Rudd is just a salesman. Fuelwatch, Grocery Watch, ETS by 1 July 2010, take the Japanese to the international courts over whaling, laptops for high school kids, full federal takeover of health...it's just an announcement-athon...with no interest in the follow up.
Got that out of my system. lol
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