The N.S.W. government has yet again shown its willingness to place Labor stalwarts in positions of power at times when government organizations have been accused of corrupt and unethical behaviour.
Rosemary Milkins was formerly on the board of HealthQuest, the corrupt and now extinct N.S.W. Government Medical office. There are many articles on the internet detailing the atrocities committed by HealthQuest, which was used to silence public service dissent in N.S.W. for years, modelling its use of psychiatry on Soviet methods. Some documents can be viewed at wbde.org.
Everyone on the board of HealthQuest over the years must have read what whistleblowers and dissenters were saying. They knew, they must have known it was a serious abuse of human rights to falsely 'certify' people as 'sick' and trick them into being 'medically retired' on dubious grounds, and yet none of them ever spoke up for the victims of HealthQuest.
Milkins' new role as Deputy Commissioner of N.S.W. Fire Brigades is a clear conflict of interest. The firemen who suffered cruel and abusive initiations and who dared to speak up and complain were sent to HealthQuest - to Rosemary Milkins and her cronies - to be dealt with and silenced. As a member of HealthQuest's board, I believe Milkins was equally as responsible as the lying HealthQuest psychologists and psychiatrists for the treatment meted out to N.S.W. Fire Brigades whistleblowers and victims of assault of the worst kind. Whistleblowers were protesting on the streets in the 1990s and beyond, there were demonstrations outside the old HealthQuest headquarters in Haymarket with loudspeakers. Victims handed out leaflets telling their stories. On one occasion HealthQuest victims got into the lift with their placards and attempted to go to the office and protest and were assaulted by security guards and thrown out. There were articles in the Sun Herald by prominent journalist Sue Williams about the abuses happening about HealthQuest, about the medicalization of industrial matters and the use of psychiatry to punish those brave enough to challenge the system: in particular, the firemen who tried to stop the abuse.
Don't tell me Rosemary Milkins didn't know about this. She was in the thick of the mire. And now she is on the Board of one of the organizations whose unfortunate, abused employees were particularly singled out for the HealthQuest treatment.
Shame on the N.S.W. Labor government - yet again.