Mr Morrison on Tuesday said the government “is not going to respond to shakedowns in a pandemic” after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk asked for further funding for hospitals in the Sunshine State.
“What we’ve done is we’ve showered the states in money, whether it’s in JobKeeper and economic support payments,” Mr Morrison told 4BC’s Neil Breen.
Mr Foley spoke out against Mr Morrison’s comments during Wednesday’s coronavirus update, stating “it’s actually partnership politics” – not “shakedown politics”.
“It used to be 50-50 as the general principle. It was reduced 45-55,” he said.
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“All of the states and territories came together in April to share our concerns with the Commonwealth in this regard and pointed out that already, as we were dealing with than 12 months of COVID, our systems were stretched, our people were exhausted and that we needed further additional investment to that which had already been put in by the Commonwealth.”
The Victorian Health Minister said the comments from the Commonwealth are “regrettable” and stressed the “inescapable truth” was some of those partnership arrangements had expired.
“What we need is community partnership, and not the blame-shifting politics that we’ve seen from the Commonwealth,” Mr Foley said.
In her own COVID-19 press conference on Wednesday, Ms Palaszczuk referred to a joint letter from state and territory health ministers addressed to Health Minister Greg Hunt, which asks for “immediate additional Commonwealth funding”.
“This is a time when we’re dealing with a global pandemic and a national pandemic,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Now is the time to work together. I’m up for that and I think this is what Queenslanders want and Australians want.
“They want their state government and their federal governments working collaboratively together in their best interests.”
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She referred to Victoria and New South Wales which is experiencing a “huge surge” in hospitalisations due to the Delta outbreak.
“This is what’s coming right across the country,” she said.
“That is why we are putting a lot of effort into preparing our hospitals and now is the time for greater cooperation between the Commonwealth and states and that’s exactly what the health ministers have done by writing that letter.
“I just think we need cooperation, we look forward to hearing the response from Greg Hunt.”
Ms Palaszczuk said the concerns are not only held by health ministers but also the Australian Medical Association.
“This is not a unique problem to Queensland,” she said.
“Nearly every other Premier raises this at National Cabinet. This is an issue of national concern.”
“This is pressure happening to hospitals across the nation.”
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