State Labor must deliver on its promise for the Joondalup Health Campus in next week’s state budget.
Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the McGowan Government has failed to commit any of its own funds to the expansion of Joondalup Health Campus, despite a clear commitment at the last state election to deliver $167 million in state funding.
“State Labor promised at the 2017 state election that it would provide $167 million for Joondalup Health Campus, but so far, the people of my electorate and other neighbouring areas have seen nothing like this $167 million promise from Labor,” Mr Porter said.
“Mark McGowan promised the money would deliver an extra 90 public hospital beds, 30 mental health beds, an urgent-care clinic, and a new car park.
“The Federal Coalition Government in 2018 provided an additional $158 million for the expansion of the Joondalup Health Campus, which was always provided as a Federal Liberal investment in the hospital on top of the state commitment, as Mr McGowan acknowledged in March 2018 when he said: “The commitment we made stands but, obviously the Federal commitment assists us,” (West Australian, 8 March 2018)
“The Federal Liberal funding of $158 million appears in the WA State Budget, so why does the State Labor Government’s promised commitment of $167 million not appear in the State Budget?
“The McGowan Government has delivered two budgets since it was elected and so far the people in my electorate who urgently need the services of the Joondalup Health Campus just aren’t getting them from Labor.
“Mark McGowan has an opportunity in next week’s budget to honour his election commitment and deliver for Joondalup Health Campus.
“If he fails to do so the people of Joondalup and surrounding areas will know finally that Mark McGowan has broken a key election promise and cut $167 million from Joondalup Health Campus.
“Just like his Federal Labor counterpart, Bill Shorten, he will say anything to win votes with absolutely no intention of delivering on commitments.
“The people of Pearce expect Mr McGowan to honour his promise, not crab walk away from delivering on the state share of the Joondalup Health Campus expansion.”
Mr Porter is calling for community support to stop Labor from holding back our hospital and to honour their promise. Show your support by signing the petition at www.holdingbackourhospital.com.