Health Minister Peter Dutton replaced by a Plank of Wood in Cabinet Reshuffle
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has today announced that Peter Dutton has been replaced as Federal Health Minister by a plank of wood.
The move follows the Abbott government’s decision to dump its controversial $7 GP co-payment plan in favour of an “optional” $5 co-payment plan which will be imposed by medical practitioners at the discretion of the GP.
Mr Abbott and Mr Dutton defended changes to the proposal yesterday, arguing that it was not a “policy backflip” but rather “revised implementation arrangements for a budget measure.”
The decision to dump Mr Dutton as Health Minister follows criticism that the policy was poorly handled from the outset with voters unconvinced that they would be better off under the new system.
A spokesman for Mr Abbott, Peta Credlin defended Mr Dutton’s performance, arguing that the decision to replace the beleaguered Health Minister was not a reflection of his capacity in the role.
“Look Mr Dutton has done a fine job as Health Minister, and I reject absolutely, any suggestion that this change in circumstances is in any way a reflection of his performance” said Ms Credlin.
“We just felt that at this particular point in time, a plank of wood would probably do a better job, and mount a more convincing argument to propagate the merits of the system amongst the Australian public,” she said.
“Mr Dutton agreed with this approach and we reached a mutually amicable agreement to part company.”
The plank of wood was unavailable for comment at the time of this release, but we understand it offered its commiserations to the talking duck who was also considered a strong candidate for the role.