CAR PARKING A FISCAL (AND MEDICAL) RIPOFF
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
At my regular visits to hospital I always smile when I return to the multi-storied car park, owned mostly by wise investing doctors. I am confronted with large “NO SMOKING” signs on every pillar, yet there are at least 2,000 vehicles pumping toxic carbon monoxide into an enclosed area.
The current argument about being a fiscal ripoff at airports is valid, but this is a bloody hospital and if the medical owners were fair dinkum they would supply everyone who enters with a Syrian gas mask!
'I'm scared to park at the hospital', explains a patient
Exorbitant Gold Coast University Hospital parking charges push this pensioner (above) to the limit. Parking elsewhere is forbidden.
Let me put it this way: If, after having discussed the matter in depth with Julia Gillard, you are even more determined to top yourself, the most effective course of action is to run a hose from your exhaust pipe into your car and leave the engine running.
Within 15 minutes you will be disoriented, in another 15 minutes you will be peacefully unconscious and in another 15 minutes a doctor from the hospital can pop over and pronounce you definitely dead.
So, why the large “NO SMOKING” signs?
Wouldn't the above sign be more appropriate?
I’ve tried closing all my car windows and lighting up a rollie… I could have sat there for hours, even days or weeks, without being even close to feeling disoriented, let alone peacefully unconscious or dead.
So I asked myself what was more injurious to my health, a rollie or a carpark full of CO poison.
Then I decided it was better to ask the car park owners what was more injurious to their bank accounts.
Hmmm, now they don't like me.