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Canberra Hospital staff good guards

By Kerces - 16 September 2005 4

Bravo to the Canberra Hospital staff for not letting any non-family members in to see Barnaby Joyce last Monday night.

The Australian reported yesterday that Nationals leader Mark Vaile had tried to get in to see Senator Joyce but hospital staff told him since he wasn’t family, there was no way he was getting in.

During Question Time yesterday Labor’s Julia Gillard asked Mr Vaile, “Isn’t it true that, when refused access, the Acting Prime Minister directed an AFP officer to try to misuse his authority in order to gain access?” Mr Vaile denied this had happened.

Crikey’s Christian Kerr said “this was a pretty serious allegation – inappropriate and possibly illegal use of a police badge, exacerbated if the officer was directed to act that way by a senior minister.”

Good on the hospital staff for refusing to be intimidated.

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4 Responses to
Canberra Hospital staff good guards
Mr Evil 2:00 pm 17 Sep 05

Yeah, the shit certainly doesn’t stick to the Liberals, does it? Maybe they should be called the Teflon Liberal Party of Australia?

johnboy 7:29 pm 16 Sep 05

Notice how each time the libs do these things another small party cops it in the neck and the voters return to the tories?

Mr Evil 6:04 pm 16 Sep 05

Who cares! Joyce has just reneged on a promise, and allowed the Feds flog off something that we all owned to the highest bidder. And then to top it all off, has the taxpayer footing the bill to the tune of $2 billion for the new owner to keep service standards up for the bush. What a joke this guy has turned out to be.

At the next election will the Nationals become the next “dead-in-the-water” party, like the Democrats?

Spectra 3:40 pm 16 Sep 05

If that’s true, maximum respect. It takes guts and a genuine desire to do your job right to face down a cop trying to swing his weight around. Especially when it’s the acting Prime Minister doing the pushing.

If what’s on Crikey is true, it’s a shame the cop didn’t have the same kind of ethics and tell Vaile to get stuffed.

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