Dysfunctional relationship is causing chaos

I have to admit to a frustrating sense of déjà vu with the recent COAG reform discussions.

The Commonwealth-State rela­tionship is like many dysfunctional relationships. Some of the danger signs that you are in a dysfunctional relationship are:

• Your needs are not met in one way or another 

• Being there is not what you want but you are afraid to leave

• It seems there is always something to fix in the relationship

• One partner holds most of the power.

It seems like forever that we have been hearing about attempts – feeble and more robust – to sort out the quagmire that is the Commonwealth-State arrangement which attempts to fund and govern our health system.

There was a brief glimmer of hope when Kevin Rudd came out guns blazing declaring a determi­nation to clear this up or else.  But all to no avail.

So dysfunctional it remains,