Matthew Guy has last night confirmed that the Victorian Liberals will not support a Royal Commission into Mental Health.

At the Sky Leaders Debate last night, Mr Guy was asked if he would commit to a Royal Commission:

David Speers: But you’re not committing to it?

Matthew Guy: No we’re not.

When in Government, the Liberals’ legacy on mental health was one of cuts and closures.

Labor has already added more than 200 rehab beds across the state and we are building a new youth rehabilitation facility in Morwell and partnering with the Hope Foundation and Odyssey House for a new residential rehab facility in Bairnsdale.

In four years we’ve increased mental health funding by 181 per cent, compared to the Liberals who funded two rehab beds in four years.

You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to mental health. Last time they were in government they changed the funding arrangements for the mental health sector, which cut access to these vital services by around 20 per cent – and they’ll do it again.

This year, 3000 Australians will take their own lives and countless more are struggling to cope.

We’ve made record investments in mental health to make sure families living with the difficulties of mental health every day can get the support they need.

We know there’s more to do – and we know our system should be better and funding alone won’t fix things. That’s why Labor will establish a Royal Commission into Mental Health and we’ll accept every one of its recommendations.

If the Liberals were serious about mental health they would support Labor’s plan for a Royal Commission into Mental Health.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“When we know that Victorians and their families are struggling with mental health we have a responsibility to do more.”

“All Matthew Guy offered Victorians last night is hollow words and blame– no real action, no recognition that the system is broken and no plan to fix it.”

“Matthew Guy is saying no to a Royal Commission into Mental Health and has said no to implementing the recommendations from the Family Violence Royal Commission.”

“Only Labor will establish a Royal Commission – hearing the stories of those we failed to get the answers we need.”

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