Kim Hames should concentrate on fixing health or retire and go fishing

June 17th, 2014 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Tuesday 17 Jun 2014

Fast Facts:

Health Minister Kim Hames has been appointed head of a new committee investigating regional coastal getaways. 
This is despite Dr Hames facing a crisis in health and his mismanagement of major new hospital projects.
Dr Hames needs to resign from the committee or quit as Heath Minister.
WA deserves more than a part-time Health Minister.

Health Minister Kim Hames should resign his role as chair of a new Parliamentary committee investigating regional coastal getaways or give up his role as Health Minister.

WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said he hoped Dr Hames’ appointment as chair of the Coastal Towns and Settlements Cabinet Subcommittee wasn’t a favour granted by the Premier to appease Dr Hames for being sacked as Tourism Minister after he made false accommodation claims.

The new role is a serious distraction for Dr Hames already facing huge delays and cost blowouts at Fiona Stanley Hospital, bungling of the contract at Midland Health Campus and not delivering on his promise to upgrade Royal Perth Hospital.

Comments from WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan:

“Western Australians can’t afford a part-time Health Minister.

“Is Colin Barnett appeasing Dr Hames for sacking him from his much-loved Tourism portfolio?

“Dr Hames’ passion for fishing up north is well known. If he really wants to go fishing he should retire now and do it full time rather than at taxpayer expense.

“This committee appointment is nothing more than a parting gift to a minister cruising to retirement.”

Comments from Shadow Health Minister Roger Cook:

“There is no logical reason for Dr Hames to be on this committee, let alone its chair.

“His portfolios of Health and Training and Workforce Development have nothing to do with coastal management.

“Is he walking away from his key responsibilities simply to indulge his private passion?

“The public doesn’t deserve this distraction.”


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