Comments on Dennis Shanahan “It's a 'deal', except not everyone agreed”, 21/04/2020, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/its-a-deal-except-not-everyone-agreed/story-e6frg6zo-1225856147849
Rudd must be commended and congratulated for the achievement of such an agreement, even though with significant compromises.
There are significant reforms that will benefit from improved funding mechanism, hospital management and State health management, as well as significant integration in healthcares.
Many sides have compromised to achieve that.
The compromises are sensible, meaning real cooperative federation with the States. The Commonwealth is not necessarily better positioned to run public hospitals anyway.
He should be able to get WA on side, with some additional financial guarantee in exchange for a third of GST.
It represents real progress and excellent reforms.
It is closer to what I have porposed, even though it is not perfect.