Going in to damage control. There's nothing like a good old fashioned leak to try and take the heat out of an embarrassing political issue. Hence yesterday, we had the placed story for the Murdoch tabloids on the wonderful new agreement with State Governments which is going to put an end to those horrid public hospital waiting lists. That should put a stop to all that terribly negative criticism about our boy Kevin being all talk and no action when it comes to health.

And the papers largely bought the nonsense too. Sweeping health reforms would cut Victorian hospital emergency waiting times by half, said the Herald Sun in an apparent "Exclusive".