What they said: 2014 – 6

The Drum:

Frank Quinlan is the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, the peak non-government body representing the mental health sector in Australia.

The Mental Health Council of Australia:

The Mental Health Council of Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Health System Capacity Development Fund.

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13 Responses to What they said: 2014 – 6

  1. nilk, iron bogan

    Irony?? We don’t need no stinkin’ irony.

  2. mundi

    I also like how their website says ‘our sponsors’, as if there is more than one.

    It’s becoming a real classic left trick: If there is a good non government collective, just throw money behind another one, so now you can use the stooges you have out in it to call for regulation and make rediculous claims that the market has failed and is calling for regulation.

  3. fry

    “The Health System Capacity Development Flexible Fund provides support for activities which build the primary care evidence base, support population health improvements for key population groups including women’s health, children’s health and men’s health”

    “key population groups including women’s health, children’s health and men’s health

    got that? it includes those 3 groups, but leaves the field open to support “other” groups .. like who?

  4. johanna

    This is a tactic which needs to be exposed. You find a group of 15 people in each or most States/Territories who have a bee in their collective bonnet about something, have a few email exchanges, and then declare that there is a “peak body” which needs government funding. It has worked for years.

    There are no criteria for determining whether these people actually represent anyone but themselves. None. All they need is a fancy title and a few smooth talkers who know how to use the cliches du jour and apply for public funding.

    What’s more, there are no tests to see what taxpayers get for the money. Their mere existence proves that it is money well spent.

    There has been quite a bit of discussion at conservative/libertarian blogs in the US and the UK about public funding of unrepresentative lobby groups. Either they are paid to agitate against policies that voters want, or they are paid to agitate for policies that the government want. There is often a fair bit of overlap between the two.

  5. Leo G

    Ironically, some of those so called DSP ‘slackers’ would be veterans themselves, perhaps with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, for example.

    Veterans with a DVA disability pension double-dipping with a Disability Support Pension?

  6. Leo G

    News outlets like The Daily Telegraph should get their facts right before they launch baseless and discriminating attacks on people with disabilities, writes Frank Quinlan. – Statement A
    The Daily Telegraph is a tabloid. – Statement B
    But does this excuse poor journalism? Indeed, does it provide them with an excuse to simply make it up? – Questions C and D

    While it is true that Quinlan’s Statement B doesn’t provide the excuse, that excuse was provided by Statement A.
    I submit that Frank Quinlan is a poor excuse for a journalist.

  7. coz

    Ruprecht666 hates people with disabilities, most especially autism. This is not news to me.

  8. Mater

    Veterans with a DVA disability pension double-dipping with a Disability Support Pension?

    Leo,
    I highly doubt it given the cross referencing that takes place.
    It is possible that some people on the DSP are veterans, but with health issues completely unrelated to their service.

  9. Petros

    I’m quite happy for my taxes to support veterans, particularly the Vietnam war conscripts. I thank them for their sacrifices.

  10. Senile Old Guy

    johanna:

    There has been quite a bit of discussion at conservative/libertarian blogs in the US and the UK about public funding of unrepresentative lobby groups. Either they are paid to agitate against policies that voters want, or they are paid to agitate for policies that the government want. There is often a fair bit of overlap between the two.

    Exactly. This is now becoming a big problem in Australia. There are health groups funded by the government which lobby, as johanna says, against the public or for the government.

  11. JakartaJaap

    Can’t get a response published on the Drum. Wonder why. I referred to the NSW Central Coast as an area where there are tribes of compo bludgers living very well indeed at the taxpayers expense. You can’t miss them, they fill the pubs and clubs from opening hour.

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