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Zed to move no confidence over the health statistics scandal. Assembly shutdown.

By johnboy - 13 August 2012 26

The Greens are talking themselves out of my vote with their shocking (yes I have been shocked) complacency in the health statistics scandal.

But the Liberals’ Zed Seselja has at least not given up yet and has announced he’s moving a no confidence motion.

“Tomorrow, I will move a motion of no confidence in the Chief Minister because of her repeated, serious failings,” Mr Seselja said.

“With Katy Gallagher as Health Minister, the ACT’s health performance has gone from one of the best to national worst.

“Doctors have been so badly bullied that they left the health system in droves.

“A senior health executive felt so fearful that they falsified 11,700 emergency department records for at least half the time Katy Gallagher has been Health Minister, and the Auditor General found there are almost certainly more people involved. This scandal is as serious as it gets and Katy Gallagher bears full responsibility.

“Since the scandal was exposed in April this year, Katy Gallagher repeatedly failed to disclose the extent of her close relationship with the health executive. Just weeks ago, it was revealed that she holidayed in France with the executive. This comes down to a question of honesty and integrity, and Katy Gallagher has abjectly failed.

The motion is unlikely to get up unless the Greens rediscover principle.

But it will shut the Assembly down for 7 days while the motion is considered.

With very few sitting days left before the election that’s probably the intended strategic outcome.

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26 Responses to
Zed to move no confidence over the health statistics scandal. Assembly shutdown.
VYBerlinaV8_is_back 5:05 pm 13 Aug 12

Vote Green (when you want to vote for the Labor party but can’t bear to look at yourself in the mirror).

The Greens had had opportunity to really do something, and they’ve pissed it away on bulls***.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 4:02 pm 13 Aug 12

schmeah said :

Looks like Zed’s trying to prove the Libs actually stand for something in the last days before an election.

Him and his pitchfork mob are a waste of oxygen. Nothing new to see here.

correct. The only thing a party led by zed can bring is religion to our lives, wether we want it or not.

Labour is bad but the lesser of two evils, a zed in power is a scary scary thought.

schmeah 3:57 pm 13 Aug 12

Looks like Zed’s trying to prove the Libs actually stand for something in the last days before an election.

Him and his pitchfork mob are a waste of oxygen. Nothing new to see here.

Mr Gillespie 3:51 pm 13 Aug 12

It’s time for a change anyway, Labor have been in power for too long in the ACT, they stink federally, and whether or not that affects your judgment about who to vote for at this election, that is another question.

Oh and just in case you think I am making my own judgment based merely on the plastic bag issue, you better think again because there are many other things this government have done to heighten my contempt for them, in the years that they have been in power. The GDE is a prime example of how Gallaga/Stanhope Labor have stuffed up. And if Gallaga is behind the bad working conditions in the health system, then Zed is right to move a motion of no-confidence in her, election or not.

Labor smells, they have been in power since 2001, and I reckon it is time to give the Liberals another go.

Duffbowl 3:39 pm 13 Aug 12

housebound said :

Shouldn’t we at least wait for the Greens response before we condemn it?

Do you think the response will be different to what’s being discussed here? I doubt it.

Mr Evil 3:24 pm 13 Aug 12

It appears to me that the ACT Greens will do whatever is necessary to ensure that ACT Labor does not lose this election; as they no doubt understand that without Labor, their chances of holding any power in the ACT will disappear almost overnight. I have no doubt they will vote against Zed’s motion tomorrow.

I once admired Shane Rattenbury for his stance on several issues in the 1990s, and I even voted for him when he first ran for election – but now all I see is a man that is part of a rotten team hell bent on retaining power at all costs.

For the first time in my voting life, I think I may have actually reached the point where I might actually vote informally in the upcoming ACT election – as I am having a hell of a problem finding anyone worth supporting from amongst the current offerings. Sad thing is, I can’t imagine I am the only one feeling like this at the moment…….

neanderthalsis 3:17 pm 13 Aug 12

housebound said :

Shouldn’t we at least wait for the Greens response before we condemn it?

Is there any doubt as to how the Greens will respond. As JB pointed out in the original post, the Greens have been shockingly complacent in pursuing what are very serious questions of fraud and mismanagement that are very close to the Chief Minister. It is not in their political interest to harm ACT Labor, so they are more than happy to ignore the issue and hope for another four years of minority government with them behind the reins.

housebound 3:14 pm 13 Aug 12
housebound 3:06 pm 13 Aug 12

Shouldn’t we at least wait for the Greens response before we condemn it?

Mysteryman 2:45 pm 13 Aug 12

CrocodileGandhi said :

Mysteryman said :

CrocodileGandhi said :

Given there’s an election in a couple of months anyway, this headline should probably be “Zed to waste everyone’s time”.

Yeah. You’re right. Because massive, wide spread fraud presided over by the Chief Minister doesn’t warrant any serious and immediate consideration.

I’m not saying that what the current Government did is ok or trivial.I just don’t see what this could possibly achieve. The Greens are clearly not going to side with the Libs. All this will do is shutdown the Legislative Assembly for a week. A week that the whole Assembly could be spending getting stuff done (yes, yes, I realise that many may think that they never get anything done anyway).

It gives the Greens the opportunity in the lead up to the election to demonstrate that either they actually have principles, or that they are tolerant and accepting of high-level corruption.

Thumper 2:26 pm 13 Aug 12

Well, at least no-one is any doubt as to what the Greens stand for and where their allegiances lie.

neanderthalsis 2:22 pm 13 Aug 12

Unfortunately the Greens will not do anything that could jeopardize the chances of a Labor victory come the election. They have had 4 years with their grubby little thumbs planted in the pie of power and they have relished every minute of it. Their political principles died the moment they realised that they had real influence over the governing party.

A Liberal government with a clear majority would see the Greens relegated to being a totally irrelevant political fringe party.

CrocodileGandhi 2:05 pm 13 Aug 12

Mysteryman said :

CrocodileGandhi said :

Given there’s an election in a couple of months anyway, this headline should probably be “Zed to waste everyone’s time”.

Yeah. You’re right. Because massive, wide spread fraud presided over by the Chief Minister doesn’t warrant any serious and immediate consideration.

I’m not saying that what the current Government did is ok or trivial.I just don’t see what this could possibly achieve. The Greens are clearly not going to side with the Libs. All this will do is shutdown the Legislative Assembly for a week. A week that the whole Assembly could be spending getting stuff done (yes, yes, I realise that many may think that they never get anything done anyway).

Mysteryman 1:37 pm 13 Aug 12

CrocodileGandhi said :

Given there’s an election in a couple of months anyway, this headline should probably be “Zed to waste everyone’s time”.

Yeah. You’re right. Because massive, wide spread fraud presided over by the Chief Minister doesn’t warrant any serious and immediate consideration.

CrocodileGandhi 1:33 pm 13 Aug 12

Given there’s an election in a couple of months anyway, this headline should probably be “Zed to waste everyone’s time”.

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