Isn’t it amazing/hypocritical that the Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, today criticised Tony Abbott for spending his Sunday completing a triathlon (the Iron Man competition)?
The same Minister who is in charge of a department that is promoting Government programs such as:
- A healthy and active Australia; and
- How do you measure up (raising awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle)
On 15 August 2008, the Minister announced funding of $17.6 million to promote healthy lifestyles. This included the promotion of exercise.
In a speech on 22 October 2009, the Minister said:
The Rudd Government is deeply committed to ensuring that by the time a child leaves school good eating and exercise habits are in place.
So why would she – of all people – criticise the Leader of the Opposition for partaking in a triathlon?
Is it because she is unwilling/incapable of doing so herself?
The Health Minister should instead be encouraging the Prime Minister to follow the Leader of the Opposition’s example.
After all, in that 22 October 2009 speech, the Minister also said:
Physical activity reduces depression, stress and anxiety, and improves self confidence, self esteem, energy levels, sleep quality and concentration.
So, Minister Roxon, let’s celebrate Tony Abbott’s achievements together.