Croakey readers may be interested in a recent article by Terry Moran, (Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 2008-2011), published in The Mandarin. Entitled “If I only knew then what I know now” the article includes reflections on the changing nature of Ministers, the shallow pool from which we are choosing future political leaders and the focus on an economic lens on policy above all else. It also contains what Mr Moran considers reasons for optimism: closing the gap between business and government, increasing transparency and moves toward more local service delivery. An interesting read.
Also in the news another reminder of what’s at stake with the introduction of a GP co-payment. In the Guardian Paola Totaro reminds us of the dangers of forgetting to appreciate what you’ve got. ‘Brits don’t be fooled: the NHS is brilliant. And Aussies don’t let your guard down’ shows the capacity of the frequently maligned NHS and reminds us that universal healthcare shouldn’t be undervalued.
Finally for anyone wondering where their message got lost “How to confuse the media and public: Butter them up.” provides some insight into how a message gets interpreted via what people might want to hear and headlines can do the rest. More butter anyone?