King did nothing to stop rheumatic fever
Hon Jo Goodhew
Associate Minister of Health
King did nothing to stop rheumatic
Annette King is the last person who should
bluster about National’s investment in rheumatic fever,
says Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew.
“In her six
years as Minister of Health she did nothing,” Mrs Goodhew
“Despite declaring rheumatic fever a priority in
2001, she didn’t spend a dollar on it nor did she do
anything else to stop it.
“Under Annette King rheumatic
fever rates increased relentlessly.
“For the second
Budget in a row we have almost doubled our investment –
from $12 million, to $24 million, to $46
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
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