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Polly Chaser Tim Hill on chasing the pollies

Friday 30 November 2007

Ballot boxPolly Chaser Dr Timothy Hill (PhD) has provided us with his latest letters to politicians and their responses, and offers analysis of it all:


After writing to key members of theLiberal Partyprior to the election and key members of the Labor Party during it, the responses I have received have given cause for some reflection.

The response I received from the Department of Health and Ageing, on behalf of the former government left me feeling in some instances insulted but generally disillusioned, like I was banging my head against a brick wall. It is readily apparent from their response (and similar responses others have received) that they have not listened to patients with this medical condition. Mercifully, the late Bernie Banton has campaigned strongly highlighting the callous nature of the former government and I feel it is self evident in their response.

The response, however, of the ALP has in my opinion been mixed thus far, ranging from less impressive (Kate Ellis MP [response here] and the ALP Campaign Office) to one of preparedness to listen to our plight (Tanya Plibersek MP [response here] and Nicola Roxon MP [response here]).

The impending swearing in of the new government poses some new challenges to patients and the ME/CFS societies.

1) The need (in general) to educate new MPs and, more particularly, new ministers to our plight.

2) The need to raise our concerns in the context of the ALP’s apparent openness to our situation but more particularly in the context of their policy “New Directions for Australia’s Health[PDF, 488KB], which they have a clear mandate to implement. One could also think of raising our plight in the context of other catch phrases from the campaign: new leadership; ending the blame game; and health care revolution spring to mind.

3) Potentially to highlight our concerns in the context of the inadequate responses we have received from the Department of Health and Ageing.

Dr Timothy Hill (PhD)


Letter to Tony Abbott and response

Letter to John Howard and response

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