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Large doses of (federal) medicine have been making states sicker
Re: 'Growing pains need a shot of federal medicine', Courier mail, 20-21/3/10
Your article suggested that federal 'medicine' would aid in dealing effectively with the challenge of managing growth in SE Queensland.- by introducing more sophisticated policy making and breaking down barriers.
Unfortunately 'federal medicine' has been dispensed very liberally over recent decades, and seems to be one of the main reasons (though, as noted below, not the only reason) that the patients are so sick (eg unable to deal effectively with the management of growth in SE Queensland, because of unsophisticated policy and a lack of effective coordination). My reasons for suggesting this are outlined in Fixing Australia's Federation (2010).
If medicine has been making you sicker, it is a good idea to stop taking it and seek a different cure.
PS: Earlier documents dealing with ineffectual growth management in SE Queensland include: SEQ 2001 - A Plan for an Under-developed Economy (1994); Growth Management in SE Queensland (2003); Realistic Public Administration is the Key (2004); and SE Queensland Regional Plan and Infrastructure Plan (2005). These addressed not only the typically poisonous and addictive effects of 'federal medicine', but also other contributing factors that have led to amateurish government administration in Queensland.
It is also noted in passing that improperly prescribed or administered drugs are understood to be the fourth largest cause of death in Australia (an estimate based on work on adverse medical events by the former Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care) while all forms of medical misadventure (also including mistakes and unnecessary operations) are allegedly the largest cause of death in the US. External 'medical' intervention in human organisations is no more guaranteed to produce favourable outcomes than medical intervention in the human body.