Sunrise presenter David Koch has criticised a Seven News and Today Tonight report into Australia’s organ and tissue donation system last night.
Koch, who has been chairman of the federal government’s OTA’s Advisory Council for the past three years, pulled apart the Today Tonight report.
Koch said Australia’s donation rate has risen from 32nd in the world to 19th and grown 41%.
He took issue with claims that OTA programmes had cost $250m which TT referred to as ‘money not well spent.’
“Really? That’s over 6 years,” Koch objected before elaborating on reforms saving money and attacking the interview subjects who spoke to TT.
“All these blokes are members of a rich lobby group called ShareLife, who basically want to take control of the reforms and take control of the money. How do I know? I should know because I used to be part of ShareLife,” he said.
“I left because I was sick of them criticising rather than doing anything.”
Koch then cited professionals in the industry who backed the work of the Organ and Tissue Authority.
“I have got strings and strings of these testimonies that have come in last night since this report. Even the Government authority which measured donation says last night’s claims of fiddling the result was totally inaccurate.”
He also took aim at Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash.
“The politician in charge of donations, Fiona Nash, has not supported the authority’s program and caved into this rich lobby group and started yet another expensive inquiry into it. It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said.
“Fiona Nash, get a backbone. You didn’t even ring me as chairman of your advisory council to get my view or even tell me an inquiry was coming.”
Koch finished by resigning from his position as Chairman, live on air.
“Obviously, I’ve got no choice but to resign from the position and actively counter the tripe dished out by a whole bunch of rich lobbyists that just talk and do nothing.”
Updated: A spokesman for Senator Nash said a health department deputy secretary rang Koch on May 20 to inform him of the review.
“Mr Koch’s unexpected resignation is a loss to the organisation,” the minister said in a statement.