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,