Bjelke-Petersen on Medicare:
Throughout history, man has had to cope with many disasters. Some of these disasters have become household names – the Biblical Flood, the eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii, the Titanic.
Well, as from Friday we can add another monumental disaster that will affect every household in Queensland and the rest of Australia – Medibank.
For that reason, Mr Speaker, I wish to propose that Friday, 1st October, 1976 be designated Bill Hayden Day.
On this day, each year, from now on, as Queenslanders sit down to fill out their tax forms, they will look back and shudder.
They will remember that on Black Friday, like Frankenstein’s Monster, Hayden’s Horror was officially born.
Its pedigree was by socialism out of mismanagement, sponsors Scott and Deeble and its fodder your and my tax funds….
Now that Hayden’s Horror is loose in the land, I remind the Opposition Leader and his mates of how they fought tooth and nail to get Queensland into Medibank.
I remind the leader writers of the Courier-Mail how they thundered that Queensland would suffer unless we joined Medibank.
Well to Mr Burns and his mates and to the leader writers of the Courier-Mail let me say this: “Friday is Medibank Day. It’s your day – share it with a headache.”"
— “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn