Blood in the Water

Even the Age is circling the wounded beast. Time to go to ER.

PORTLAND hospital was rushed into signing a $4.9 million funding agreement for its new GP super clinic so the Rudd government could avoid political embarrassment, a leaked email has revealed.

Hospital management was told to sign the agreement by noon on Wednesday – just moments before shadow treasurer Joe Hockey delivered his post-budget reply to the National Press Club.

Portland District Health chief executive John O’Neill warned his board members of the urgency of the government’s request in an email that morning: “I have been asked to sign this agreement before 12 noon today – that is, before Joe Hockey makes his budget reply … If not signed, funding will be withdrawn.”

A representative Catallaxy comment by JC:

It’s not funny anymore. These people are liars and will stop at nothing to impose a dishonest policy based on a dishonest set of assumptions.

They have to go.

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0 thoughts on “Blood in the Water

  1. Last night I attended live the ABC QandA, which has lengthy discussion on the role of government. The take home message for me was that the line has been blurred between “Government funds” and “taxpayers’ funds”.

    This hospital funding is a classic case of the Federal Government assuming the funds are theirs. It s misuse is close to blackmail.

    Personally, I am becoming tired of the lack of discipline of governments ats all levels, extending their functions beyond those intended. They seem to assume that they can spend taxpayers’ funs more wisely than the taxpayers can. This can result in misuse that is close to criminal.

    In the shakeout, I hope that funding for science research can see again the growth of corporate centres, like 3M, Dow-Corning, Bell Labs and so on. I think it unhealthy if governments capture the national research effort and use it for control.

    • Yes, I saw it happening and it was a mistake. Keep research in universities and corporations, and out of government departments and (maybe) csiro.

  2. Last night I attended live the ABC QandA, which has lengthy discussion on the role of government. The take home message for me was that the line has been blurred between “Government funds” and “taxpayers' funds”. This hospital funding is a classic case of the Federal Government assuming the funds are theirs. It s misuse is close to blackmail.Personally, I am becoming tired of the lack of discipline of governments ats all levels, extending their functions beyond those intended. They seem to assume that they can spend taxpayers' funs more wisely than the taxpayers can. This can result in misuse that is close to criminal.In the shakeout, I hope that funding for science research can see again the growth of corporate centres, like 3M, Dow-Corning, Bell Labs and so on. I think it unhealthy if governments capture the national research effort and use it for control.

  3. Yes, I saw it happening and it was a mistake. Keep research in universities and corporations, and out of government departments and (maybe) csiro.

  4. No, your report was from the Warrnambool Standard. What The Age said was
    Ms Purcell’s email makes no mention of the Hockey speech and yesterday Mr O’Neill said the reference to Mr Hockey was his “interpretation” of why the noon deadline had been set.

    “There was no political pressure,” Mr O’Neill told The Age.

    • The link goes to the Age, but the attribution for the story is the WS. Either Mr O’Neill has changed his story, or the journalist got it wrong.

  5. No, your report was from the Warrnambool Standard. What The Age said wasMs Purcell's email makes no mention of the Hockey speech and yesterday Mr O'Neill said the reference to Mr Hockey was his “interpretation” of why the noon deadline had been set.”There was no political pressure,” Mr O'Neill told The Age.

  6. The link goes to the Age, but the attribution for the story is the WS. Either Mr O'Neill has changed his story, or the journalist got it wrong.

  7. The link goes to the Age, but the attribution for the story is the WS. Either Mr O'Neill has changed his story, or the journalist got it wrong.

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