Harney’s not for turning

A change to a new one-tier health system was advocated last week, but the minister who has driven the current system is standing firm

17th April, 2010

It’s not often that Mary Harney gives out full copies of her speeches. In fact, the Minister for Health is noted for her articulate unscripted deliveries and rarely follows the style of her colleagues in sticking to the lines prepared by civil servants.

So it was unusual that Harney’s comprehensive speech at the Adelaide Hospital Society’s conference last week on financing a system of universal healthcare was available as a press release, as...

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