A New South Wales man has highlighted the loss between the federal government and states over the failed vaccine rollout.
Shortland Labor member Pat Conroy has published letters received by a voter from the office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the office of Ray Williams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian.
The Newcastle man, identified only as “The Colonel of the Blacksmiths”, wrote to both Ms Berejiklian and Mr Morrison asking about supplying his area with a Pfizer vaccine.
“Thank you for your correspondence with the Premier regarding the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. I am responding on behalf of the Prime Minister. As the matter raised is a primary responsibility of the Federal Government, it is appropriate that you have considered your correspondence and have sent it accordingly,” Mr. Williams wrote. On behalf of the Prime Minister of New South Wales on June 21.
However, a few days later he received this reply from Laura Thompson, Director of the Prime Minister’s Department and Cabinet.
“The Prime Minister, MP Scott Morrison, has asked me to thank you for your letter of 17 June 2021 regarding the supply of the Pfizer vaccine in Newcastle. Given the issues you raised in your letter, the NSW Government would be best placed to respond to you. To assist in this, we have forwarded your letter. to the NSW Premier’s office for consideration,” she wrote on June 23.
The colonel was dumbfounded after receiving the messages.
I received a response from the Prime Minister saying that it is a federal responsibility and a response from the Prime Minister saying that it is the responsibility of the state. Not surprisingly, this launch would have been a mess if neither of them knew who was responsible!! ” He said.
“I couldn’t have said it better myself, it’s absurd,” said Mr. Conroy.
The post received hundreds of comments on Facebook with people angry that no one was responsible.