Let’s hope that Brad “Lazarus” Hazzard, our new Health Minister, will be more careful about the choice of location for any new hospitals he may build in future than he was in October 2013 when, as Planning Minister, he signed the Order designating Frenchs Forest to be the site for the Northern Beaches Hospital, after ‘robust qualitative analysis’ had ranked that location a poor third amongst the six sites considered. The same study had budgeted $21.3 million for roading works which are now costing $500 million. The fact that the study was about 8 years old didn’t cause Mr Hazzard to pause to review and update the information. Nor, clearly, did he remember telling a public meeting in early 2011 that he would be debarred from involvement in the hospital process by a perceived conflict of interest, he being the local Member and a local resident.
Gladys was obviously unaware of this background when she chose Brad for Health.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.