Comments on Adam Cresswell “Premiers must put policy before politics”, 19/04/2010, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/premiers-must-put-policy-before-politics/story-e6frg6zo-1225855240872
Unfortunately Adam Cresswell's argument is not only politically driven, but also factionally motivated. And, it is never what Adam Cresswell claims to be policy driven.
How can a 60-40 funding model with 30% GST from the States end any existing problems, as opposed to 40-60 with States use their GST?
Essentially, there is not much difference between the 50-50 and 60-40 funding model, if purely from funding point of view. Anyone has to wonder how Adam Cresswell derived his own incredible conclusion.
Further, how can Adam Cresswell conclude that the Commonwealth will be any better if not much worse than the States to administer health? From lessons learnt from the pink batts home insulation experience? Or from the wasteful experience in the BER projects?
It appears that Adam Cresswell is defying logic to have his argument.
I have read many good opinion articles from the Australian, but some on health are unfortunately not among them, I am afraid to say. Ones like this one have no analysis, little knowledge and information, just full of nonsensical political biases.