Elliot turns table on Nash attack
FEDERAL Labor MP for Richmond Justine Elliot has rejected criticism that she has broken a core election promise on fixing the public hospital system.
Instead Mrs Elliot has repeated earlier claims that the Opposition politician making the criticism is after the job of the state National Party MP for Tweed Geoff Provest.
National Party senator Fiona Nash accused Mrs Elliot of failing to live up to an election promise that the Rudd Government would take over hospitals if the failing public hospital system was not fixed by mid-2009.
But Mrs Elliot said Senator Fiona Nash's comments were “a direct attack” on Mr Provest and his National Party colleague Thomas Georges'“inability to represent the North Coast”.
“Ms Nash isn't interested in hospitals; she's interested in Geoff's job,” Mrs Elliot said.
“Why else would someone who lives 1200kms away con- tinue to attack our region just to get her picture in the paper?
“It is clear that Ms Nash believes Geoff Provest is unable to deliver for Tweed residents.
“Everyone knows that the re- sponsibility for local health service delivery and management lies with the NSW Government.
“While the Rudd Government is working hard to end the blame game and investing more than $10 billion in our hospitals, Ms Nash is more concerned with trying to score cheap political points.”
Senator Nash last week told the senate Mrs Elliot had run front-page advertisements prior to the November 2007 Federal election promising “Kevin Rudd will fix our hospitals”.
“The specific pledge was that Federal Labor would take over all of Australia's 750 public hospitals if they didn't improve by mid 2009,” Senator Nash said.
“Mrs Elliot hasn't even mentioned any North Coast hospitals in Parliament since.”