Joseph Del Duca discusses how cutting the private health is the lastest in a long line of broken promises and bad policy by the Gillard Government:
The Labor Government is in tatters. They have shown time and time again that they have nothing to offer Australia besides broken promises and a long running soap opera over the nation’s leadership.
The Prime Minister places her own self interest over the good of the country and has proven that she would rather lie and avoid the truth than give up the top job.
We have a Foreign Minister whose loathing of the Prime Minister is clear for all to see. He will stop at nothing to get his old job back. The government’s entire focus is on who will win the fight for the leadership.
Labor has tried in vain to pass the leadership tensions off as media spin and scare tactics from the opposition. Nobody bought it. The talk has started, Labor needs to bring this to head as quickly as possible and not allow it to continue to destroy the government. The Prime Minister can deny the writing on the wall as much as she likes but as the saying goes ‘If it looks like a duck and it walks like a duck, then it’s a duck.’
Federal Labor promised us that 2012 would be different. This has not been the case. It seems that nothing has changed from last year. We have a government whose time is more consumed with political infighting than it is in doing its job.
There have only been eight sitting day
Whilst Labor members continue to watch their backs they are not looking out for the welfare of our country. Every day we pick up the newspaper and read about another illegal boat arrival, we see another story about more Australian workers losing their jobs to places off shore.
All this Government has to show is a legacy of broken promises.
The Prime Minister told us, ‘There will be no Carbon Tax under the government I lead.’ They have implemented a Carbon Tax.
The Prime Minister told us that her government will be tough on border protection. The Government has no policy on this issue, they can’t even get a consensus in their own party on what to do, and as they do nothing more and more boats arrive.
The Prime Minister made a deal with Andrew Wilkie promising him mandatory pre-commitment on poker machines. As soon as she no longer needed him she dumped him and tore their written agreement to shreds.
A lot was made of Tony Abbott’s comment last year about written truth vs. non written truth. It seems as far as the current Prime Minister is concerned, it does not matter if the promise is spoken, written, tattooed or used as a member of parliaments sole deciding issue on whom to nominate as Prime Minister. A Promise is something that need not be kept.
Both the Prime Minister and the then Health Minister Nicola Roxon MP are on the record saying they were committed to retaining all existing private health insurance rebates. In the last sitting week they broke this promise and will now cut the Private Health Insurance rebate.
This will have a significant effect on our NSW economy. This decision will force many out of private health insurance and back to our already overburdened public health system. This will greatly increase the cost of private health care as premiums are raised to reflect the reduced membership.
This decision will transfer a larger portion of the cost of health care from the Federal Government to the State Government. Cutting the rebate will damage the level of health care offered in Australia and heap NSW with even more debt. This was only done to help the Prime Minister deliver a budget surplus something she sees as being vital to her staying in the position of Prime Minister.
This is just another broken promise in an ever growing list.
The Prime Minister has once again put her own self interests over that of the nation. Is anyone even surprised anymore?
Joseph Del Duca is a Mortgage Broker based in Sydney’s Inner West. He has previously worked as a Media and Communications Advisor to Federal Members of Parliament. Joseph’s two major interests are finance and politics. He enjoys all sports along with any other realm of life where two humans are competing against each other. He has a particular love of rugby league but is not sure how many more seasons of pain he can endure as a Rabbitohs supporter.