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A quick word on bias
Every so often I'll get a tweet to the effect "hey, Bias face, you bleeding heart lefties are all the same", followed by something about how latte sipping inner city types want to marry their booky wooks.
Also, the Coalition are most often criticised because they're the ones currently Bivirkninger making terrible, stupid, venal decisions regarding our country and those are the decisions about our country that I enjoy the least.
Governments exist to keep society stable, because stability encourages prosperity and other cool stuff like art and science and culture. The best way to do keep "4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone Ireland" society stable is to ensure that everyone's looked after, because otherwise those who aren't being looked after will seek to undermine that society. Complex it ain't.
It's not really a matter of Left vs Right, or Progressive vs Conservative, or Bleeding Heart vs Selfish Jerk. It's between doing things to benefit society, and doing things not to benefit society.
With that nifty little paradigm in place, how's our government doing?
Spoiler: not so well!
Let's have a little think about the $7 GP co payment idea.
For a start, the government and especially Health Minister Peter "only bad people get sick" Dutton have been clear that it's not a revenue raiser: it's an economic brake designed to curb "avoidable" demand for health services, thereby making Medicare less expensive.
It's basic economics and it's a great idea, provided that you're using it for something where demand is flexible rather than fixed. When apples are 20 cents, people buy quite a lot of apples. Make them $7.20 and people will buy less apples, "büyüme hormonu eczane fiyatı" thereby reducing the demand on your federal apple services.
The thing is, if you're priced out of the market for an apple you can go get a pear or a banana or some chips or any number of other options. If you're having trouble breathing or have broken a limb, your choices are limited to "get medical attention" or "potentially die".
Right now, if you've got a nasty cough you can go to your GP, get a sicknote and a prescription, and go home. Under the new plan the least well off instead get to let things get worse, and then turn up in Emergency where treating their now serious condition is much, much more expensive.
And before you say "b b but seven dollars is nothing no one's going to postpone seeing a doctor for seven dollars!" Well, the government certainly thinks so, since that's the entire idea of the co payment. Dutton claimed it'd save $750 million over four years simply by reducing the number of consultations.
Also, it's worth pointing out that from a budgetary perspective, Dutton et al couldn't care less: Medicare is a federal concern, but those hospitals who'll be buckling under the weight of increased demand? That's a problem for the State governments.
Sickness and in Health (Funding)
And thus it is that NSW premier Mike Baird is in the unenviable position of having to politely tell his Federal betters that their plan is a disaster for the health system and, more importantly, his government.
NSW Health did some modelling on what the likely outcome would be, and concluded that NSW hospitals would be seeing "in the vicinity of 500,000" extra patients in public emergency departments, costing around $80 million a year. Which kind of eats into Dutton's saving of $187.5 million a year; and that's for one state. When you start adding in the others yeah, that's not looking like a net saving.
A spokesperson for Dutton bravely sidestepped the whole thing and shrugged "The simple facts are that Commonwealth spending on health is increasing each and every year. If action isn't taken Medicare will collapse under its own weight."
Or, you know, both major parties could gonad up and accept that 20 years of please love me election strategy tax cuts has gotten us to the point where we need to start raising public revenue Comprar Levitra again. So, who fancies trying out "we need to raise taxes so you people don't needlessly die" as their electoral slogan? Yeah, thought not.
The state of the States
And having the Feds sell out the State Comprar Gh Jintropin governments is something that should have the Coalition NSW and Victorian governments downright terrified, since both are heading into election territory Victoria next month, NSW in March and the ABC's genius election cyborg Antony Green has been using his statistical superpowers to deduce that micro parties will hold the Tren 75 Pills Side Effects balance of power in Testosterone Enanthate For Sale In Usa both state upper houses.
In NSW it'll be Fred Nile's Christian Democrats and the Shooters Fishers, while Victoria could well be controlled by the whims of the Country Alliance, Palmer United, the Sex Party, the DLP and the Shooters Fishers, regardless of whether Labor or the Coalition win.
"If [the micro parties] are disciplined and work together they are likely to have the balance of power in the upper house [puny Earthling reporter]," Green told Fairfax, before rising majestically into the air and flying back to his home planet.
He who lives by Section 70 of the Crimes Act dies by Section 70 of the Crimes Act
Here's a quick piece of legal advice for any would be immigration ministers out there: if you're expelling ten Save The Children staff from Nauru and instigating an investigation claiming that they gave government information to non government folks, it's tactically wise to not then leak this government information to compliant media.
That's what the Federal Police are possibly about to investigate after Greens senator Sarah "anyone else want to say something about human rights breaches? No one? Seriously?" Hanson Young accused Scott "I am the law" Morrison of providing journalists from the News Corp owned Daily Telegraph edited highlights of a confidential report into allegations of sexual abuse at the detention centre: specifically the accusation that Save the Children staff had told detainees to make false claims.
Save The Children is vehemently denying its staff acted improperly, pointing out that it haven't even been officially informed of the complaint much less seen any charges levelled. In fact, the only thing that's clear in any of this is that Tele journalists got their hands on very specific bits of an internal government report.
Although, in Scottie's defence, The Daily Telegraph is effectively part of the government these days, Testosterone Cypionate Steroid right?