4 August 2011 Julia Gillard’s partner in government – the Greens – today put paid to her sham that her health agreement with the States is “health reform”.
Green’s health spokesman Senator Richard Di Natale - a doctor - told ABC Radio in Hobart this morning that the agreement was not “genuine health reform”.
Announcing the health agreement yesterday the Prime Minister’s opening words were that it would “fundamentally reform our health system”.
Today Senator Di Natale said it was “important to call this (the agreement) what it is – its hospital financing reform not genuine health reform”.
The Senator told ABC Radio there was a very big difference between Julia Gillard’s agreement and real reform.
“Health reform needs to encompass all elements of the health system,” he said describing the outcome as “disappointing” and watered down.
Shadow Minister for Health Peter Dutton said for all Julia Gillard and Nicola Roxon’s attempts to portray their deal as “historic reform” even their alliance partners weren’t having a bar of it.
“Julia Gillard has done little more than hand the states a blank cheque to get them to sign up as she desperately seeks to claim that she has done something in health,” Mr Dutton said.
“This Government talks big, but always fails to deliver even the Greens have been forced to admit that now.”