The announcement today by the Nationals that a re-elected Liberal-National Government will provide half of the total funding required to bring cancer services to the people of Western NSW galls me.
Why the heck are cancer treatment services linked to how people vote? Surely everyone who has cancer deserves to get the best access to vital treatment whether they vote for the winning party or not.
There have been a few other health and treatment related election promises already this campaign by various parties and they all make my blood boil.
Why is the planning for services to Australia's population reduced to a rabble during election campaigns? Surely health and medical professionals, health bureaucracies and myriad other well-informed people know which health facilities are required and where they should be located to meet the needs of the population. Why does funding for these vital services and facilities depend on any particular party winning an election?
Under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, s.326(1) and
Bribery, "Election campaign declarations of
public policy or promises of public
action are not regarded as bribery."
Such promises do, however, have a certain stench because the threat is that if you do not vote for the party, the money will be withheld.
According to this media release, the Liberal-National team recognises there are "critical services gaps in cancer care for people in the Western NSW region, particularly for diagnosis and radiotherapy treatment" and patients are "choosing death over treatment for cancer as the physical and emotion [sic] costs of obtaining treatment is such an enormous burden".
Too bad if someone other than the Liberal-National candidate wins. Too bad for the tens of thousands of people who will miss out on treatment and die prematurely. Shocker of a way to go, voting the "wrong" way.
BARNABY JOYCE MP