Some needed hard questions from Liberal Senator Gary Humphries over yesterday’s odd paediatrics announcement:
An eleventh hour pledge from the Federal Government of $5m for paediatric services – available only if ACT voters re-elect a Labor government on Saturday – was announced yesterday.
However, it was revealed in Senate Estimates last night that the Health Department knew nothing about it – even senior health officials admitted they only learned of the decision on the 7 o’clock news!
“A promise to fund a paediatric care unit on the proviso of a Labor government being elected in the ACT is blatant bribery”, Senator Humphries said today.
“This is the federal Labor government saying: if you don’t vote Labor, children’s health misses out – that is just pathetic.
“In over 20 years in politics I have never heard of something like this occurring.
“To make the provision of Federal taxpayers’ money conditional on people voting a certain way is, in my opinion, corrupt.