Labor candidate for Oakleigh, Steve Dimopoulos today criticised the lack of support for our community, including little for local hospitals and schools in the latest Liberal Government Budget.
The Abbott Liberal Government recently cut $34.6 million from Monash Health putting even more pressure on our local hospitals. Waiting lists for elective surgery have continued to blow out, with over 48,000 now on the waiting list across Victoria. That’s an increase of more than 10,000 people since the Liberal Government came to office. Over $1 billion has been cut from Health in the last three and a half years of the Liberal Government
Response times for an ambulance continue to grow, with patients waiting outside hospitals because emergency departments are full.
And local schools have again missed out on much needed funding to repair and upgrade their infrastructure. Capital spending on schools has fallen by more than half under the Liberal Government.
“Despite claiming a budget surplus, the Liberal Government consistently refuses to invest in the services that matter to us – health, education, transport and jobs”, Steve Dimopoulos said.
“We need more support for our local community – but yet again, we have missed out”
The Liberal budget also contained a sting for every car owner, with registrations set to rise by a massive $32. This is the second big hike to registrations by this government, after an increase of another $35 in 2012.
TAFEs are still struggling after hundreds of millions was torn from the sector. Locally, the local Holmesglen campus is operating in deficit for only the second time in 30 years because of these cuts.
And the Liberal budget contained no real plan to address the economic crisis in Victoria. The unemployment rate in Victoria is at a 12 year high, with youth unemployment significantly higher.
“Victoria and our local community deserves better. We need more support for local hospitals, much more needs to be done to address ambulance wait times, and our schools deserve adequate funding to improve their facilities.”