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Non-core health promises

June 20th, 2013

When campaigning for office, Campbell Newman promise public servants they had nothing to fear from an LNP government

Breaking that promise, and announcing 10-20 000 job cuts, Newman promised no cuts in staff delivering “frontline” services

Breaking that promise, and sacking large numbers of frontline staff, Newman promised that, even if staff were cut, frontline services would not be

Given this trajectory, it was only a matter of time before the word “core”, made infamous by John Howard’s “core promises”, appeared in government rhetoric. And here it is. Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive, Adrian Pennington, who is busy abandoning or privatising a wide range of preventative care services, services to the elderly and so on, says, of cuts to emergency staff

There have been no cuts to front-line services in our emergency departments in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay or Maryborough. Emergency departments are core services to keep our people safe.

Pennington’s claim is disputed in the article, but what’s notable here is the emergence, as with Howard, of the implied non-care category of services we will have to do without.

We can all expect plenty more of this under Abbott.

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  1. June 20th, 2013 at 06:19 | #1

    Spot on John. Newman today is Abbott writ larger tomorrow

  2. Bitter
    June 20th, 2013 at 07:54 | #2

    It was awfully generous of Queenslanders to demonstrate for the nation what happens when you replace a hapless Labor government with a destructive Liberal/National government, and a real shame the warning will go unheeded.

  3. Ikonoclast
    June 20th, 2013 at 08:36 | #3

    The human body is not made well by chopping bits off indiscriminately. The body politic also will not be made well by chopping bits off indiscriminately. But then the Libs never were interested in the good of the entire body politic only in the good of certain sectional interests. Thus they want to section up society and let parts of it bleed to death.

  4. crocodile
    June 20th, 2013 at 14:24 | #4

    Tony Abbott appears to be a fan of big government just like his predecessor, Howard. Can’t see any similarity to Newman.

  5. sunshine
    June 20th, 2013 at 16:33 | #5

    Nice to know they still consider the hospital emergency departments essential (core).

  6. J-D
    June 21st, 2013 at 08:47 | #6

    Qui s’excuse, s’accuse‘ or, more precisely, ‘excusatio non petita accusatio manifesta‘.

    Or, as Claud Cockburn liked to say–he denied originating the saying, which has also been attributed without sourcing to Otto von Bismarck–’Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied’.

  7. Jack
    June 22nd, 2013 at 14:36 | #7

    @crocodile
    John Howard slashed tertiary education funding, crippling universities. Sounds like the kinda’ thing Campbell Newman would like to do. Similarly, Tony Abbott has a whole host of orcs in his cave who want to slash and burn the Australian Government.

  8. crocodile
    June 22nd, 2013 at 16:30 | #8

    Jack :@crocodile John Howard slashed tertiary education funding, crippling universities. Sounds like the kinda’ thing Campbell Newman would like to do. Similarly, Tony Abbott has a whole host of orcs in his cave who want to slash and burn the Australian Government.

    Jack, Howard also presided over the highest tax to GDP in memory. Despite rhetoric to the contrary, Howard’s time was big taxing and big spending. Sorry, but I can’t see anything in Tony Abbott’s makeup that suggests he would be any different.

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