LIBERAL BUNGLE EXPOSES MATTHEW GUY’S CUTS AGENDA IN BALLARAT
In an embarrassing election-eve bungle, the Liberal Party has been caught promising a project already funded by the Andrews Labor Government.
Today the Liberals announced that, if elected, they will rebuild Ballarat Base Hospital. However, the Labor Government funded the project in the Victorian Budget 2018/19 six month ago.
The Liberals’ announcement has all the hallmarks of Labor’s investment, only it’s $600,000 less. It begs the question, what will they cut from the Ballarat Base Hospital?
Today’s announcement from the Liberal Party means that, without a specific commitment to honour investments already made by the Labor Government, the Liberals would cut it.
As they have made no commitments to honour Labor’s upgrades to Ballarat High or Mount Clear College, or to honour the Labor Government’s $103.5 million order of 30 new Xtrapolis trains from Alstom in Ballarat – all these projects are in doubt if the Liberals are elected, putting hundreds of local jobs at risk.
Labor’s investment is outlined on page 62 of Budget Paper 4 of the Victorian Budget 2018/19 – for more information visit https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/a-bigger-better-ballarat-base-hospital/
Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy
“This is yet another health bungle by the Liberals. It’s clear they don’t take health seriously.”
“No one believes the Liberals won’t cut hospitals and health care – they did it last time they were in government and they’ll do it again if they get the chance.”
Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Wendouree Juliana Addison
“This embarrassing mistake reveals that local projects and hundreds of jobs are at risk if the Liberals are elected.”
Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Buninyong Michaela Settle
“Only Labor will deliver the new hospitals, schools and other vital local services Ballarat families need – the Liberals will just cut and close.”