8 December 2009
Kevin Rudd looks more and more like a Labor State Premier as every day passes.
The announcement of “a further” $300 million for elective surgery at the Brisbane COAG meeting comes directly from the Labor Premiers’ bags of political trickery.
In pure Bob Carr, Morris Iemma, Peter Beattie, Anna Bligh and Mike Rann style, it was nothing more than a re-announcement of a re-announcement of a budget announcement.
There was nothing “new” about this funding – although the Kev and Nicola health reform circus did their best to ensure it looked that way.
Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said today the Prime Minister and Health Minister were sliding further and further into the sleaze of discredited State Labor Government’s behaviour as they tried to avoid their promises to ‘fix’ health.
“This announcement of “a further $300 million” was nothing more than an attempt to make it look as though they are actually doing something in health, when the truth and reality is that they have absolutely no agenda except to convene committees to again provide the impression of action,” Mr Dutton said.
Mr Dutton said the $300 million was part of a $600 million budget allocation in Labor’s first budget to be spent over a four year period.
“The spending is clearly outlined on the Department of Health and Ageing website – this is a re-heated announcement – in other words – it’s spin.”
“Clearly Kevin Rudd studied well as a senior Labor bureaucrat in Queensland responsible for wiping 2200 hospital beds through ward and hospital closures.”
“He knows all the tricks and now he’s putting them into practice – just like State Labor leaders have been doing for more than a decade.”
Mr Dutton said Australians should see through Mr Rudd’s preference for spin over substance.
“It boils down to a simple question: Show us the money – Kev!”
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