When is a contract not a contract?
When it is an employment document proffered to Queensland Health's doctors that Joh Bjelke Newman is demanding they sign.
While Cairns doctors are being branded as "troublemakers", Gavin
"Don't Rape Me" King, the Member for MacKenzie, has claimed Cairns doctors tell him the "relationship (with the local hospital board) is fantastic!". You wouldn't know it from the hundreds of Queensland Health Staff that have been demonstrating their anger in front of the hospital.
In addition to dismissal clauses that compromise patient care, for the first time the contracts include a clause that allow one party - in this case the government - to unilaterally modify the contract.
While assistant minister for health Doctor Chris Davis launched a scathing attack on the contracts in Cabinet, he was "dissuaded" from submitting his formal letter of complaint. We don't know if there's any truth that the AG threatened to add MP-Physicians to the Bikie Law.
Meanwhile our local MP Gavin King, apparently high on petrol, calls the agreements "simple and perpetual agreements" - ignoring the fact that you can't have an "agreement" when only one party is bound. The contracts will clearly deter physicians from work in remote areas, as pointed out by the AMCQ. But since we're going to be sending liquor into the "communities" again soon, there will less need for all public services there.
King also notes that doctors are free to continue negotiating with unSir Bob Norman and the hospital board. Norman as the community knows was given this position after being rejected by the Chamber of Commerce membership as their leader - and failing at even running an ice cream shop. I'm sure the highly educated physicians are looking forward to going toe-to-toe with Norman.
As the deadline for these contracts to be signed approaches, the Cairns (non-base) Hospital operations approach a precipice.