“Health Hazzard” Minister Admits to Lying to Parliament

Brad Hazzard struggled to argue why nursing homes don't need registered nurses yesterday, but he also lied to Parliament.

Robert Borsak MLC

Health Minister Brad Hazzard admitted on 2GB to lying to Parliament as he struggled to defend his opposition to keeping registered nurses in nursing homes. This was during an interview on the Ray Hadley Morning Show with Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party.

Hazzard was asked by Ray Hadley this morning whether he had met with the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party on April 4. The Minister said "yes".

“The Government’s Health Hazzard has been caught out lying in Parliament,” Mr Borsak said.

“During the Legislative Assembly debate on the Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill 2016, Minister Brad Hazzard said Mr Borsak’s party had made no effort to talk with him on that bill. That is simply not true.

Keep nurses in nursing homes

“Our party’s staff had telephone conversations and emails with Minister Hazzard’s staff on March 28 and April 3.

“Hazzard’s Chief of Staff Leonie Lamont and Director of Policy Jasmine Morgan met with my colleague Robert Brown, our Senior Policy Advisor John Townsend, and SFF Party Director Filip

Despotoski at our Parliamentary office at 10:30am 4 April 2017.

“Further, Ms Lamont also visited our offices in Parliament House only last week and discussed this bill.

“Minister Hazzard is either delusional, lying, or can’t handle his portfolio,” Mr Borsak said.

 Mr Brad Hazzard: The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party is following a consistent pattern. Contrary to what its members have been saying publically, they have made no effort to talk to me as the Minister for Health. I have rechecked with my staff in case I missed something, and they have confirmed that Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party members have not been knocking on my door.

Mr Michael Johnsen: They have led Rad Hadley down the garden path.

Mr Brad Hazzard: They have misled Rad Hadley, and the community. They are playing political games.

 Source: NSW Parliament Hansard


Mr Borsak also asked a question in Upper House Question Time yesterday on this issue, but at time of writing is awaiting a response.

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