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A Facebook update from my wife, Maureen Fitzsimon, a GP. Reproduced here because it deserves a wider audience…
“Now I’m worried. The very clinically inexperienced, (as I have seen about 50 times the number of patients he has), Michael Wooldridge, is on the board of Aspen - the group contracted, without any tendering, to combat Ebola in West Africa.
“He was the (Howard government) Liberal Minister who drastically cut medical school intakes to Australians. We consequently had a drastic doctor shortage, necessitating importing countless thousands of overseas doctors.
“He was on the board of Prime Trust retirement fund. We lost a good part of our superannuation when $550 million was lost by investors, due to the board’s mismanagement. What a great choice to fight Ebola!”
It turns out Michael Wooldridge is also on the board of the Waubra Foundation, the mob of crackpots who assert that wind farms cause illness. Medical expertise indeed.
Electoral records reveal that Aspen donated $11,000 to the Queensland LNP last year.
Call me a cynic, but it appears to me that Australia’s response to the Ebola crisis was held up until, in true LNP style, a way could be found for someone’s mate to make a buck out of this misery.