When Gladys Berejiklian ‘insisted Health Minister Brad Hazzard was "on top of all those issues"’ (SMH, 19 Nov), she never spoke a truer word. Like in the children’s chant “I’m the King of the Castle”, he sits smugly on top of the whole sordid shemozzle.
For years it has been his pet project, a personal obsession. Despite telling a public meeting that he couldn’t be involved in the process because of a perceived conflict of interest (being local member and local resident), it was he as Planning Minister who on 16 Oct 2012 signed the order designating NSW Health’s third-choice location as the site for the hospital.
Little did he expect at that time that he would hold the Health portfolio when it came time to clean up the mess. And hopefully be held accountable for it. As ye sow, so shall ye reap, Brad.