If you are even just remotely interested in the world of health policy, reform and politics, you can’t afford to miss this piece.
I’ve never heard of the author before – a Canberra writer called Myles Peterson who was hired by the federal Department of Health and Ageing as a speechwriter – but suspect he won’t be doing any more work for DOHA for quite some while. At least not under this Government.
But if he’s hoping for a gig writing scripts for The Hollowmen or similar, he’s just made quite a pitch.
Update, 9pm: For DOHA’s response, see this blog from Nick Miller at The Age. DOHA’s response begins:
“With regard to the ramblings of Mr Myles Peterson, the Department of Health and Ageing totally refutes the allegations by this person who worked in a low level position within the public affairs unit of the Department, leaving to go home one night and never coming back. His disappearance was of great concern to the Department which worried about his health and safety. However, numerous attempts to contact to him were in vane [sic].”
Don’t know about you, but I find the professed concern for Peterson’s health just a tad unconvincing. It also seems more than a little cynical, an effort to damage his reliability by raising questions about his “health”. No matter the rights and wrongs of Peterson’s article, this seems like dirty, dirty strategy on the part of DOHA and doesn’t do much to restore credibility. Never mind the spelling…