Thursday, February 06, 2014
This Is Very Interesting Article On The NEHTA Chairman! What Amount Of His Time Do You Reckon He Is Devoting To Little NEHTA?
This appeared last week.
February 1, 2014
Laura Tingle Political editor
When Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane appeared in the Parliament House Blue Room to announce that, no, the government wouldn’t be giving fruit canner SPC Ardmona $25 million, they somehow felt it necessary to mention David Gonski no less than nine times.
“Coca-Cola Amatil [SPC’s parent company] is a very good business; a very, very good business,” Mr Abbott purred on Thursday.
“Its chairman is David Gonski – David Gonski AC – one of our best known business people, [who is] also the incoming chairman of one of our leading banks, [and] former chairman of the Future Fund.
“I know he won’t let those workers down.”
As one corporate executive noted, it was a “name and shame” exercise that was clearly meant to be a lesson for other companies.
Some in the government conceded it was a “bit of mischief” but insisted they would have done the same whoever was chair of the company.
But as Employment Minister Eric Abetz made clear in a speech earlier in the week, the government is in no mood to hand out assistance to the corporate sector. There is a strong view within federal cabinet that such assistance has only led business to strike soft, uncompetitive wage deals with their workforces.
Abetz linked assistance to both General Motors Holden and Toyota Australia to less than satisfactory industrial relations outcomes.
Reading this, it seems to me, with Mr Gonski becoming chairman of ANZ later this year and already being Chairman of CCA which is having more than a few troubles right now with both its local business and the Indonesian growth arm as well as the increased competition in the beer sector it is planning to enter as well as the present issues with SPC-Ardmona, that NEHTA and its fate must be way down hit mental to-do list.
The evidence he has helped Australian eHealth much during his chairmanship I struggle to find and I really think a new chairman should be carefully considered at this time. To me it also a little odd that you never hear any mention that Mr Gonski is indeed the NEHTA Chairman in the mainstream press.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, February 06, 2014