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Um Kevvie, there is no deal

April 21, 2010

I initially had my hopes pinned on John Brumby, then there was that small side-bet on Kristina but it appears Colin Barnett was my man. Paul Kelly shows me the way in PM’S scramble to brink of a health victory:

There was a Kafkaesque fix last evening at Rudd’s victory media conference. The PM hailed the meeting as “historic”. It was “a good day for working families” (yes, that’s what he said), a win for patients, mums, dads, doctors and nurses. It was, assured Rudd, a “very big reform” and a “significant agreement”.

The problem, however, is that there was no agreement. The five Labor premiers signed. But the single Liberal premier refused to sign. Western Australia, Barnett said, did “not wish to rain on the parade”. But the agreement was “not acceptable to me and it is not acceptable to Western Australia”.

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