Just because there is an election on, I’d like to remind readers that Campbell Newman and the LNP want to privatise Rockhampton Hospital and there is still no 24 hour medical imaging service. If you vote for LNP what other critical services will be abolished and privatised?
Think before you vote! Put LNP last!
If anyone has ever been critically ill, had an accident, bringing a new life to your family or had to take a loved one to a public hospital, you understand the dire need for a solid and responsive public health system.
These times are trying times and quality care and the resources to provide effective and immediate response is crucial. Outside of the emergency department, there are many departments that link in to provide effective and immediate care. These include, Pathology, X-Ray and Imaging, Renal Unit, Maternity, Ward Staff and Pharmacy to name a few. If these departments are not funded and resourced and held to the tight regulations enforced by the public sector, then profits above health will prevail.
We are already seeing attacks on Medicare with co-payments and a fee to use the emergency department. It seems that the Newman Government and Abbott Government is set on destroying our public health system. It seems that the Liberal and National Coalition and LNP in QLD do not give a damn about the sick, frail, elderly and disabled. I hope the people reading this do.
The Newman Government has been attacking our Public Hospital system, since their first day in office, as can be seen by the many press releases from the QNU
Many regional towns service wide communities, inclusive or surrounding and rural areas. Many regional towns only have one public hospital, like Rockhampton Base Hospital.
What will occur when the only public hospital in the region is privatised? The Newman Government is now on the attack to privatise the Rockhampton Base Hospital. The intellectual capital and dedicated staff could also be lost, as well as decisions not to invest in the latest technology, as they will be after all, profit driven and not health driven. Many will argue that there are many fine Private Hospitals; but these come at a price with revenue feeding in and fee paying patients. The people who rely on a public system, cannot afford to have care curtailed due to a focus on profits, when there is a different revenue stream to a Private Hospital. If cost didn’t affect operations, the public would have had access to the Private System for years at no charge.
Please put LNP last and have this stopped. Regional areas cannot afford such a move to privatisation. Even if you traditionally vote Liberal or National, if you want to prevent this privatisation, at the next election, please vote for a party that is not LNP, nor one that preferences LNP at the next election and put the LNP last. Please talk to volunteers at the voting booth and do your homework. Regional areas cannot afford to lose our Public Hospital system. Please…for the sake of the people who need it, even if you don’t.
Please put LNP last on your ballot paper to stop this attack on essential services! To date there is still no 24 hour medical imaging service at Rockhampton Hospital.
I’ll leave you with this news report about the privatisation of Rockhampton Hospital. It must be stopped.
*Previously published on Polyfeministix
Well what a week it has been for the Liberal and National Party Voters of Australia. I know so many of you were really truly excited during the election to read the Liberal Party’s
Pamphlet “Plan for Real Action” or “Real Solutions” I know my local member must still be in election mode, she is still using slogans like “Open for Business” and “Shorten’s Shambles” as recently as this week. Anyway….. let’s celebrate the achievements of this week against the “Plan for Live Real Action” (Sorry for that slip, Turtle Man)
Lets see how the Coalition Shaped up this Week
Backflipping on Education
(Real Solutions P. 40) We will deliver better schools, encourage better teachers, better teaching and give principals, communities and parents a greater say over schools. We will put parents, principals and school communities, not unaccountable bureaucrats, in charge of determining how their school will be run to improve performance
Kudos Mr. Pyne, for the first move towards wiping your hands of ‘Governmental Responsibility’ Back flipping on Gonski, because it seems only the “Principals of Calibre” will know how to spend money wisely. The Commonwealth has implied that, if there is a reduction in funding … that reduction may well only come out of public schools http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/gonski-public-schools-targeted-for-cuts-says-adrian-piccoli-20131129-2yg3k.html#ixzz2m1VV82pa
Here, Jane Caro explains what “Shorten’s Shambles” means in dollar terms, as the Liberals appear to have extreme difficulty in applying any clarity or reasoning behind their childish nicknames http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-26/caro-gonski-funding/5117260
GST for Online Purchases
(Real Solutions P. 18) We have a plan for Australia – a plan to lower taxes….We pledge to the families of Australia that we will never make lives harder
(….Except if you shop online to save money, only big corporations are allowed to save money, not the peasant people) http://www.smh.com.au/business/open-letter-to-state-treasurers-you-should-all-be-sacked-20131129-2yf7u.html
Maybe the promise that “we won’t change the GST” left wriggle room to mean “we won’t change the GST, but it’s the states’ tax so if they want to change it, we won’t stand in their way”. That spreads the political pain (Michael Pascoe)
Closure of yet another vital service
(Real Solutions P. 38) “That is why the coalition is so determined to deliver a strong, prosperous economy, because it allows us to invest in more government services, like NDIS, Health, Aged Care and Education.
(…Except if it is education on drug and alcohol prevention, we don’t mean that type of community prevention and education) The Alcohol and Other Drugs Council has now ceased due to Tony Abbott’s cuts) http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/alcohol-and-other-drugs-council-of-australia-in-administration-after-tony-abbott-cuts-20131126-2y836.html
…That’s when good Neighbours (don’t) become good Friends
(Real Solutions P. 24) We will develop stronger people to people relationships and foster mind-set and and skills set needed to make the most of Asia’s ongoing economic transformation.
Now I know it will be hard to believe, Abbott apologists, but the Jakarta Post is not owned by those left wing trollsters at the ABC. But hey, at least your hero is popular. Front page and everything!
Now Now, before you scream “It was Rudd the Dud” this one is worth a read… http://theaimn.com/2013/11/30/indonesia-remains-important-for-australia-under-abbott-or-why-indonesians-dont-like-him/
I think it is time to raise your glasses again. This time to the fact that the coalition will ensure that 40 percent of year 12 students will preferably learn an Asian language (Real Solutions P.41) . This is needed desperately, especially for our Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop as China says,
‘Australia’s irresponsible statements on the East Sea air defence identification zone are completely mistaken; China cannot accept them,” the statement said.
(Real Solutions P. 32) We will roll out super-fast broadband using whichever is the most effective and cost efficient technology and we will use existing infrastructure where we can.
Raise your glasses Liberal and National Voters because tonight you can celebrate your wonderful party talking about the NBN longer, because it is going to take oh so much longer…
The Coalition’s national broadband network model will prove inadequate for many businesses, is poorly planned and is unlikely to be completed on time, according to NBN Co’s internal analysis for the incoming Abbott government.
(Real Solutions P. 26) We have an economic plan for Australia – A plan to help small business grow and create stronger jobs growth.
(…..But we don’t mean those small rural and regional businesses….the ones with really bad internet that stifles their day to day operations and competitiveness)
The FTTH NBN isn’t needed by small businesses in regional communities. Saving money on big Labor waste used to help businesses such as this, must make you overjoyed that you voted for your local Liberal or National candidate.
(Real Solutions P. 33) We will generate one million jobs over the next five years and two million jobs over the next decade)
(…..except you pesky people who work in Car Manufacturing….you will just have to find new jobs. We think you will find it consoling that the coalition is so committed to education and training)
Up to 200,000 direct and indirect jobs are in the balance as the Government sends mixed signals about whether it will meet requests to provide continued co-investment in the industry. http://workinglife.org.au/2013/11/26/car-industry-cant-wait/
(More) Asset Sales
(Real Solutions P. 38) We will deliver better Government services by working in close co-operation with the State and Territory governments.
(Except Government services that could be lucrative asset sales…we don’t mean those Government services)
Mr Hockey has offered his state and territory counterparts potentially billions of dollars in tax incentives if they sell off public assets and put the money into new job-creating infrastructure.
Enjoy your weekend!
That was the week that was 24-30 November 2013. Anyway enjoy your week end coalition voters. Absolutely amazing effort this week. Don’t drink too much, you need to stand proud and all that…Cheers. See you next week.
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