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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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MWF 7:49 pm 13 Aug 12

johnboy said :

I believe there should be a serious public inquiry to identify all involved

I agree.

While the Chief Minister is not bound by the ACT PSMA, I can’t see any reason why the holder of that position might be “above” it. The ACT CM ought to lead by example, in my opinion.

bundah 7:47 pm 13 Aug 12

johnboy said :

I believe there should be a serious public inquiry to identify all involved

I agree that that would indeed be the most appropriate course of action however the CM has chosen ducking and weaving as her modus operandi which clearly will have negative consequences.

HenryBG 7:39 pm 13 Aug 12

Grail said :

And this wouldn’t have happened on Zed’d watch because …

Well, it didn’t, did it?

Or is this how politics works? You’ve formed some kind of tribal allegiance to one of these mobs of no-hopers, and so you have to engage your cognitive dissonance at Warp Factor 10 in order to blame the “other” side for whatever “your” side has just been caught doing?

What I don’t understand is that the person caught falsifying public records has been allowed to quietly resign and slink away with full entitlements to her next cushy sinecure.
Whatever happened to punishing wrongdoing?
And you wonder why the youth of today roams the streets at night looking for $#!% to steal?

As for blaming Katie Gallagher – the buck rests with her. But she didn’t do the crime. But she has failed to ensure the person responsible was punished. On the other hand, every hospital in the country has been doing the exact same thing. However they aren’t silly enough to get caught out publicly. My feelings are mixed, but I don’t see the point of using this to score political points against the bunch of posturing twits we have been saddled with in lieu of an effective City Council.

If one good thing could come of this, it would be for the government to make a firm commitment to the community that in future wrongdoing like this – like the Rhodium fiasco, like the Revolve shenanigans – would see those responsible punished on account of their dishonesty, with luck outsourcing such punishment to the Chinese government who have a very effective and cheap means of dealing with corrupt government officials.

milkman 7:36 pm 13 Aug 12

johnboy said :

I believe there should be a serious public inquiry to identify all involved

And to identify and correct systemic weaknesses in reporting.

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