State Labor breaks promise to fund Joondalup Health Campus


State Labor has again broken its promise to fund the Joondalup Health Campus (JHC).

Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said today’s state budget confirms that Mark McGowan has failed to meet the needs of the people of Joondalup and surrounding areas.

“The people of my federal electorate of Pearce urgently need additional health services at Joondalup,” Mr Porter said.

“That’s why the Federal Coalition Government has already paid the West Australian Government, $158 million of Commonwealth money for expansion of JHC.

“At the 2017 state election, Mark McGowan promised $167 million for JHC and in March 2018 acknowledged that the Federal Coalition Government’s commitment of $158 million was in addition to his own election commitment of $167 million: “The commitment we made stands but, obviously the Federal commitment assists us,” (West Australian, 8 March 2018)

“But today’s state budget confirms that the only money earmarked for JHC is the Federal Coalition’s $158 million.

“Page 282 of Budget Paper 2, Vol 1 lists the total cost of Joondalup Health Campus stage two as $158m – coincidentally the same amount committed by the Federal Coalition Government.

“Yet all we have seen from state Labor in the three budgets delivered since the 2017 election is broken promises to the people of Joondalup and surrounding areas.

“Yesterday in question time, Health Minister, Roger Cook, bumbled his way through a simple question about whether Labor would finally fulfil its election commitment.

He said “…we still have to understand the full nature of the project and the full details of the costings.”

“How long does it take Premier? Mr McGowan and his Health Minister should get in the car and speak to the people of Joondalup and they will quickly learn what’s needed at JHC.

“And where are Mr McGowan’s Federal Labor mates on JHC? Bill Shorten has been silent when he should be demanding state Labor honour its promise.

“Only the Federal Coalition Government can be trusted to deliver on its commitments. Not Bill Shorten and not state Labor in WA.”