MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Monash Medical Centre: children’s centre – Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Posted on 10. May, 2012 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I am dismayed that in the budget papers today this government still has not committed the full amount of $250 million for the building of the Monash Children’s hospital at the Monash Medical Centre, as promised by them prior to the 2010 election. Mr Baillieu as opposition leader said at the time:

We certainly make the same commitment.

Sadly, this was an empty promise to mislead the electorate at the 2010 state election. On March 24 2011 the Premier made the following statement in this place:

The Monash children’s centre will be an important addition to the Royal Children’s Hospital and health services in this state. We are committed to it. We were committed to it in the election campaign period and we are committed to it on a time frame which we stand by.

The Premier also made the following statement in this place on 7 April 2011:

Our commitment to the Monash children’s centre was made in the election campaign, and that was a clear commitment. I referred to that when this question was asked previously. We stand by that commitment, and it has been accurately described by the Minister for Health.

With only $8.5 million allocated to purchase land in the 2011 budget, I wish to remind the Liberal Party and the Premier that time is running out and that residents in the Clayton electorate and the inner south‑east are furious. On behalf of all constituents in the south‑east corridor I call on the Premier to act now.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The member’s time has expired.


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