Sarah Lovell MLC
Shadow Health Minister
20 December  2018
  • Ferguson charges taxpayers almost $100,000 for two reports he is determined to keep secret
  • Reports reveal $100 million health funding black hole that Ferguson won’t admit to
  • Tasmanians paid for reports and deserve to see them

Tasmanian taxpayers forked out almost $100,000 for two reports into the health crisis that Health Minister Michael Ferguson has arrogantly decided only he will be allowed to read.

Shadow Health Minister Sarah Lovell said the Hodgman Liberal Government could not possibly justify keeping the KPMG and RDME reports hidden in Michael Ferguson’s bottom drawer considering their combined costs and damaging content.

Right To Information documents sought by Labor have revealed the total cost of the KPMG report was $80,577.50 while the RDME report cost taxpayers $15,950.

“The only reason – the glaring and fundamental reason – why Michael Ferguson is determined to keep both of these reports from Tasmanians is that they are scathing in their assessment of the health and hospital system on his watch,” Ms Lovell said.

“They detail chronic underfunding of the hospital system and they confirm the crisis Michael Ferguson has created.

“They show a $100 million funding black hole every year and no amount of Michael Ferguson trying to play catch up as he has over the past month will change that.

“The government commissioned these reports at taxpayer expense.

“Taxpayers are entitled to the truth.

“But each day Michael Ferguson’s spectacular arrogance grows and we have reached a stage where his comprehensive dedication to secrecy knows no boundary.

“Premier Hodgman should force Michael Ferguson to release this data and if he won’t, he should step in and release it himself.

“If he is too weak to pull his Health Minister into line, Tasmanians can rightly wonder if the radical far right faction has control of the government.”