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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Australian PM criticizes Premier for holding hospital hostage to hospital funding

The Prime Minister of Australia said that the state of Queensland should take charge of their state health system but the federal government should hold a ransom in exchange for money at the domestic border.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would not respond to “shaking politics” during the epidemic and criticized Queensland’s Premier Anastasia Pallaszuk for threatening to close the border if they did not receive more public health funding.

“He’s going to have to take it with the people of Queensland then. I mean, at this point I’m going to say, ‘I’m going to demand a ransom from the federal government and extort money from them on the basis of Covid; I don’t think that’s the right way to go.’ Morrison said Nine’s Today show this morning.

“We’re not going to respond like this, ‘give me money, if not’ type demands, and that’s it.”

Palaskzuk said on Oct. 1 that the state would not “necessarily” open its borders once the state has been vaccinated 100 percent due to concerns about whether hospitals could deal with the case of Covid-1 cases.

“The capacity of hospitals needs to be increased and this requires additional federal government funding to increase the number of (cases),” Palaskzuk told the press. “It will be unprecedented … so we have to be prepared.”

But Morrison said the federal government has already increased funding for Queensland Hospital by almost 100 per cent, more than double that of the state government.

He also quoted Chief Health Officer Janet Young as saying that, unlike Plattskuk, the QLD would be able to deal with surrogacy in the case of hospital systems.

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“So they need to start and run their public hospital system and not have to find excuses about it, just keep working and be responsible,” Morrison said.

Queensland Premier Anastasia Palaskzuk (R) is watching while Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jean Janet Young (L) is speaking at a news conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Morrison said other states such as New South Wales, Victoria and the Act are “continuing it”, so Queensland will face challenges and responsibilities for their own health care system.

On Monday, Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles said each state had requested additional assistance from the federal government for their hospitals, meaning their request was not out of line.

“Our hospitals are run jointly and funded,” Miles said. “They are financed under a national partnership agreement – partnership is the key word there.”

He said before the outbreak of the epidemic, the federal government had artificially limited funding growth to .5.5 percent, which would reduce the hospital’s ability to meet demand if the state reopened.

“While our hospitals are being funded for the partnership, we want the federal government to increase their contribution to that partnership.”

Queensland is the only eastern state that has yet to draw up a roadmap for a concrete reopening, backtracking on its commitment to the Palajjuk national reopening plan.

In September, Palazczuk indicated that the state border would remain closed in its southern neighbor New South Wales until children under the age of 12 were also vaccinated.

Rebecca Zhu

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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