Wait, what? This doesn’t fit the right-wing talking points about independents holding the rest of us to ransom for their local electorates at all:
Mr Wilkie also revealed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott offered him almost three times as much for the Hobart hospital, but he turned it down.
“The ALP best meets my criteria that the government must be stable, competent and ethical,” he said.
As well as the $340 million for Hobart hospital, Ms Gillard has promised to open up a funding round of $1.8 billion for other hospitals.
Mr Wilkie says regional and rural hospitals should be considered as priorities in the applications for funding.
So he turned down extra funding for his local electorate on the basis of a principled stand for hospitals throughout the country? He agreed to support a party for government that wasn’t actually offering his electorate the most money, but instead made his choice on the basis of which is the least unethical option?
Poor Tony. The revelation that his party was dodging treasury costings to avoid voters finding out about the huge black hole in his platform before it was too late, and now the news that he needs all three of the remaining independents – including the one who leaked his black hole – or he can’t form government.
He’s watching it all slip through his fingers…
UPDATE: Wilkie says it was the “reckless ” $1 billion offer that convinced him the Liberals were not ready to govern.
And it turns out the Libs’ win with that 20-year old over Jon Sullivan was based on a total lie, with the dad who devastatingly “couldn’t get help for his disabled son” admitting that he was telling porkies. Lucky for the Coalition the media didn’t investigate his claims before making a big deal out of them two days before the election, eh?