• Jude Perera

    Jude and his family have lived in the local area since 1989 and have been actively involved in the local community

  • NINE LEVEL CROSSING REMOVALS AND 37 NEW TRAINS FOR THE CRANBOURNE LINE

    Labor will deliver the removal of nine level crossings and 37 new trains for the Cranbourne Pakenham rail lines. Improving service and reliability for train users.

  • Contact

    As your local Member of Parliament, I'm here to assist you in any way I can. I can help you contact local services, deal with state government departments, and advise you of your rights. If I am unable to help, I'll make sure to put you in touch with someone who can.

  • Jude Perera

    Jude and his family have lived in the local area since 1989 and have been actively involved in the local community

Media Centre

No Increase To Fire Levy For Another Two Years

The Andrews Labor Government today confirmed there will be no increase to the revenue collected from the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL). Speaking to the Regional Cities Victoria forum today, Treasurer Tim Pallas also confirmed that the Labor Government will continue to provide direct funding of more than $5 million a year for local councils across Victoria to administer the FSPL, which funds the state’s vital fire services. This will mean Victorian property owners in each land use category will, on average, contribute the same or in some cases less, to the levy over the next two years. The levy includes a fixed charge as well as a variable cost that is calculated depending on the property type, its capital improved value and the area in which the property is located. The Treasurer publishes the fixed charge and variable levy rates each year by 31 May. The fixed charge component of the levy will grow in line with the consumer price index. All revenue collected through the levy goes to supporting the State’s fire services, including vital life-saving equipment, firefighters, staff and volunteers, training, infrastructure and community education. Funding for councils to administer the FSPL will increase from $5.03 million in 2017/18 to $5.29 million in 2019/20. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The levy revenue means that that firefighters can continue with the job of providing this vital and courageous service to communities across Victoria.” “We’re ensuring our crucial fire services remain sustainable, while keeping the cost of living down for Victorians.”

No Increase To Fire Levy For Another Two Years

The Andrews Labor Government today confirmed there will be no increase to the revenue collected from the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL). Speaking to the Regional Cities Victoria forum today, Treasurer Tim Pallas also confirmed that the Labor Government will continue to provide direct funding of more than $5 million a year for local councils across Victoria to administer the FSPL, which funds the state’s vital fire services. This will mean Victorian property owners in each land use category will, on average, contribute the same or in some cases less, to the levy over the next two years. The levy includes a fixed charge as well as a variable cost that is calculated depending on the property type, its capital improved value and the area in which the property is located. The Treasurer publishes the fixed charge and variable levy rates each year by 31 May. The fixed charge component of the levy will grow in line with the consumer price index. All revenue collected through the levy goes to supporting the State’s fire services, including vital life-saving equipment, firefighters, staff and volunteers, training, infrastructure and community education. Funding for councils to administer the FSPL will increase from $5.03 million in 2017/18 to $5.29 million in 2019/20. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “The levy revenue means that that firefighters can continue with the job of providing this vital and courageous service to communities across Victoria.” “We’re ensuring our crucial fire services remain sustainable, while keeping the cost of living down for Victorians.”

Getting It Done – Leading The Nation In Job Creation

New data shows more jobs have been created in Victoria since November 2014 than anywhere else in the nation. In that time, Victoria’s employment has been boosted by almost 11 per cent, with more than 316,000 people securing jobs since the Andrews Labor Government came to office – the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms of all Australian states. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data released today confirms that, in the past 12 months alone to January 2018, Victoria’s employment rose by 100,200 people (up 3.2 per cent). In more good news, Victoria's unemployment rate decreased 0.5 percentage points – the largest decrease of all mainland states – to 5.6 per cent, well down from the 6.7 per cent inherited from the former Liberal government. Since November 2014, Victoria’s full-time employment increased by 197,900 persons or 10 per cent – the highest growth rate in Australia. Part-time employment increased by 118,900 persons or 12.5 per cent – the largest increase in absolute terms among the states and the second highest increase in percentage terms. Today’s strong jobs data follows Monday’s NAB Business Survey which confirmed that Victorian business conditions got off to a strong start in 2018, with an increase of five points in January to +17 – two points higher than a year ago. Thanks to the Labor Government’s prudent economic management and strategic investments, tens of thousands of Victorians are playing their part in the transformation of our state. They can now kick-start their careers, provide for their families and contribute to their local communities. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “With business conditions up, and our investment in health, education and transport infrastructure all at record levels, it is no surprise that Victoria is leading the nation in job creation." "Almost a third of a million jobs have been created in Victoria since we came to office. In anybody's language, that's getting things done." Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “Thanks to the Labor Government’s record investment in major projects that matter to Victorians, we’re creating jobs and supporting businesses – boosting our economy and making us the envy of the nation.”

Getting It Done – Leading The Nation In Job Creation

New data shows more jobs have been created in Victoria since November 2014 than anywhere else in the nation. In that time, Victoria’s employment has been boosted by almost 11 per cent, with more than 316,000 people securing jobs since the Andrews Labor Government came to office – the largest increase in both absolute and percentage terms of all Australian states. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) labour force data released today confirms that, in the past 12 months alone to January 2018, Victoria’s employment rose by 100,200 people (up 3.2 per cent). In more good news, Victoria's unemployment rate decreased 0.5 percentage points – the largest decrease of all mainland states – to 5.6 per cent, well down from the 6.7 per cent inherited from the former Liberal government. Since November 2014, Victoria’s full-time employment increased by 197,900 persons or 10 per cent – the highest growth rate in Australia. Part-time employment increased by 118,900 persons or 12.5 per cent – the largest increase in absolute terms among the states and the second highest increase in percentage terms. Today’s strong jobs data follows Monday’s NAB Business Survey which confirmed that Victorian business conditions got off to a strong start in 2018, with an increase of five points in January to +17 – two points higher than a year ago. Thanks to the Labor Government’s prudent economic management and strategic investments, tens of thousands of Victorians are playing their part in the transformation of our state. They can now kick-start their careers, provide for their families and contribute to their local communities. Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas “With business conditions up, and our investment in health, education and transport infrastructure all at record levels, it is no surprise that Victoria is leading the nation in job creation." "Almost a third of a million jobs have been created in Victoria since we came to office. In anybody's language, that's getting things done." Quote attributable to Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll “Thanks to the Labor Government’s record investment in major projects that matter to Victorians, we’re creating jobs and supporting businesses – boosting our economy and making us the envy of the nation.”

New Grants To Boost Social Housing Stock

The Andrews Labor Government is providing grants of up to $200,000 for local governments to help build new, innovative social housing projects. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today announced the $2 million Social Housing Investment Planning grants program during a visit to the Stokes Penola public housing estate – currently under construction in Preston. The $20 million project will see the redevelopment of one of Victoria’s first public housing estates, originally built in the early 1940s. Construction of the first 22 apartments is expected to be completed in October – with the remaining 46 apartments to be finished by the end of 2018. The Labor Government is getting on with the job of growing Victoria’s social housing stock. These new social housing grants will help increase the supply of land available for projects, and encourage better collaboration between local government and community housing providers. When linked with the Government’s $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund, these grants will support more modern, accessible homes for vulnerable Victorians. Grants open on Monday, 19 February, 2018. For more visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/social-housing Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We are seizing the opportunity to renew outdated and run down public housing estates, and these grants will help local councils add to our social housing stock.” “The Stokes Penola site was left vacant for too long because of Council opposition – we’re getting it done to give vulnerable Victorians the housing they deserve.” Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott “The Stokes Penola project will provide much-needed social housing stock for families who need modern and accessible homes. This is important progress, and I look forward to its completion in 2018.”

New Grants To Boost Social Housing Stock

The Andrews Labor Government is providing grants of up to $200,000 for local governments to help build new, innovative social housing projects. Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today announced the $2 million Social Housing Investment Planning grants program during a visit to the Stokes Penola public housing estate – currently under construction in Preston. The $20 million project will see the redevelopment of one of Victoria’s first public housing estates, originally built in the early 1940s. Construction of the first 22 apartments is expected to be completed in October – with the remaining 46 apartments to be finished by the end of 2018. The Labor Government is getting on with the job of growing Victoria’s social housing stock. These new social housing grants will help increase the supply of land available for projects, and encourage better collaboration between local government and community housing providers. When linked with the Government’s $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund, these grants will support more modern, accessible homes for vulnerable Victorians. Grants open on Monday, 19 February, 2018. For more visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/social-housing Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley “We are seizing the opportunity to renew outdated and run down public housing estates, and these grants will help local councils add to our social housing stock.” “The Stokes Penola site was left vacant for too long because of Council opposition – we’re getting it done to give vulnerable Victorians the housing they deserve.” Quote attributable to Member for Preston Robin Scott “The Stokes Penola project will provide much-needed social housing stock for families who need modern and accessible homes. This is important progress, and I look forward to its completion in 2018.”

New Support To Better Protect Our Teachers And Students

Victorian schools will get the support they need to create a safe environment for students and teachers as part of a concerted response to tackle aggressive and violent behaviour in our schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Protective Schools Package, a new initiative to support schools to better respond to incidents as they occur and address underlying issues to prevent future violence and aggression. While incidents of violence and aggressive behaviour remain relatively rare in Victoria’s more than 1,500 government schools – this new package will address an increase in the number of reports of this behaviour. This increase is directly related to more stringent reporting requirements as well as an increased focus on this issue in regional offices. The Protective Schools Package will deliver an $8.9 million funding boost for security and support. This includes: The establishment of a new operations centre later this year, where principals making reports will get additional immediate expert advice and support on how to respond to any incidents and fast-tracked access to additional social workers, behavioural experts and psychologists The creation of a new intelligence system using past reports to inform the deployment of regional response teams into schools when incidents occur Dozens of support staff will get new training in specialised behavioural assessment and practice so they can help schools across Victoria manage students displaying particularly challenging behaviours Principals and teachers will receive new training on how to respond to violent and aggressive incidents, as well as additional support to manage long-term and complex student cases to help address the risk of future violence and aggression. A 12-month task force will also be created to provide expert advice on the implementation of the package, bringing together educators, psychologists and child health experts. The Protective Schools Package builds on the significant investment already made in programs and support to help schools create positive and safe environments for all staff and students, as part of the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Victorian Anti Bullying and Mental Health Initiative. The new package follows the engagement of KPMG last year to help develop a new school incident management system that would be a one-stop-solution for schools to report incidents involving staff, student or security issues. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to ensure schools have the support they need to prevent aggressive or violent behaviour and intervene decisively when it occurs.” “When a school reports aggression or violence, they should get immediate support – this is exactly what this package delivers.” “We have zero tolerance for violence and aggression in schools but simply moving the child on doesn’t fix the problem. This is providing support to intervene earlier and stop aggressive behaviour occurring in the future.”

New Support To Better Protect Our Teachers And Students

Victorian schools will get the support they need to create a safe environment for students and teachers as part of a concerted response to tackle aggressive and violent behaviour in our schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Protective Schools Package, a new initiative to support schools to better respond to incidents as they occur and address underlying issues to prevent future violence and aggression. While incidents of violence and aggressive behaviour remain relatively rare in Victoria’s more than 1,500 government schools – this new package will address an increase in the number of reports of this behaviour. This increase is directly related to more stringent reporting requirements as well as an increased focus on this issue in regional offices. The Protective Schools Package will deliver an $8.9 million funding boost for security and support. This includes: The establishment of a new operations centre later this year, where principals making reports will get additional immediate expert advice and support on how to respond to any incidents and fast-tracked access to additional social workers, behavioural experts and psychologists The creation of a new intelligence system using past reports to inform the deployment of regional response teams into schools when incidents occur Dozens of support staff will get new training in specialised behavioural assessment and practice so they can help schools across Victoria manage students displaying particularly challenging behaviours Principals and teachers will receive new training on how to respond to violent and aggressive incidents, as well as additional support to manage long-term and complex student cases to help address the risk of future violence and aggression. A 12-month task force will also be created to provide expert advice on the implementation of the package, bringing together educators, psychologists and child health experts. The Protective Schools Package builds on the significant investment already made in programs and support to help schools create positive and safe environments for all staff and students, as part of the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy and Victorian Anti Bullying and Mental Health Initiative. The new package follows the engagement of KPMG last year to help develop a new school incident management system that would be a one-stop-solution for schools to report incidents involving staff, student or security issues. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to ensure schools have the support they need to prevent aggressive or violent behaviour and intervene decisively when it occurs.” “When a school reports aggression or violence, they should get immediate support – this is exactly what this package delivers.” “We have zero tolerance for violence and aggression in schools but simply moving the child on doesn’t fix the problem. This is providing support to intervene earlier and stop aggressive behaviour occurring in the future.”

 

Making Victorian Kinders More Inclusive

The Andrews Labor Government is helping kindergartens upgrade their buildings and playgrounds, and buy equipment to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities and additional needs. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to improve classrooms and playgrounds. Local governments, not-for-profit service providers and schools are encouraged to apply for infrastructure upgrades – including playgrounds – of up to $200,000 or for grants up to $10,000 to buy inclusive education equipment, such as moveable wheelchair-access ramps or adjustable tables and chairs. The funding is part of a $19 million suite of initiatives to make early childhood services more inclusive for children with disabilities and additional needs. The Labor Government is delivering a record $76.4 million to build, expand and improve kinders across Victoria – to ensure local families continue to have access to first rate local facilities. Families will also benefit from the Victorian Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. The plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Applications for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program can be made online at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “No child should be left behind – we’re making kinders and playgrounds more accessible for kids of all abilities.”  “We’re helping kindergartens upgrade their infrastructure and equipment to create welcoming environments for Victorian children.”

Making Victorian Kinders More Inclusive

The Andrews Labor Government is helping kindergartens upgrade their buildings and playgrounds, and buy equipment to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities and additional needs. Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to improve classrooms and playgrounds. Local governments, not-for-profit service providers and schools are encouraged to apply for infrastructure upgrades – including playgrounds – of up to $200,000 or for grants up to $10,000 to buy inclusive education equipment, such as moveable wheelchair-access ramps or adjustable tables and chairs. The funding is part of a $19 million suite of initiatives to make early childhood services more inclusive for children with disabilities and additional needs. The Labor Government is delivering a record $76.4 million to build, expand and improve kinders across Victoria – to ensure local families continue to have access to first rate local facilities. Families will also benefit from the Victorian Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget. The plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life. Applications for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program can be made online at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos “No child should be left behind – we’re making kinders and playgrounds more accessible for kids of all abilities.”  “We’re helping kindergartens upgrade their infrastructure and equipment to create welcoming environments for Victorian children.”

CELEBRATING CRANBOURNE’S DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS

Two Cranbourne residents have been recognised for their outstanding volunteering efforts, during the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. At Monday’s awards ceremony at Government House, Mrs Sally Ritter received the Leadership award for volunteering in Backpacks 4 VIC Kids, and the team of Cranbourne Regional Uniting Club received the Team award for their achievements. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP congratulated the Cranbourne Regional Uniting Club team and Mrs Sally Ritter for representing the region and dedicating their time to volunteering in the community. They join 60 volunteers across the state who were formally recognised at the ceremony, spanning support for a range of different communities and causes as well as a range of services and activities. The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award went to equality advocate Riley Briese, for helping change the landscape of care and support for young transgender people in regional Victoria. Mr Briese is the founder of Gateway Health Gender Service and received the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Trophy at the ceremony and $10,000 for his charity of choice. The Volunteer Champions Awards celebrate the extraordinary contributions of all Victorian volunteers, in areas such as health, sport, education, culture, community, environment, science and animal welfare. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $145,000 in 2018-19 to investigate ways to strengthen and diversify the volunteering sector, to build on the remarkable contribution volunteers make across our community. There are more than 1.5 million volunteers across Victoria, contributing $23 billion to the state’s economy. For more information on the winners, visit volunteer.vic.gov.au/awards Quotes attributed to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “We are proud of Mrs Sally Ritter, team Cranbourne Regional Uniting Club for their incredible commitment to volunteering and strengthening our community.” “Cranbourne is a great place to volunteer and I encourage more people to consider getting involved.” “The benefits of volunteering are endless and can help people make new friendships and learn new skills.”

CELEBRATING CRANBOURNE’S DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS

Two Cranbourne residents have been recognised for their outstanding volunteering efforts, during the Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards. At Monday’s awards ceremony at Government House, Mrs Sally Ritter received the Leadership award for volunteering in Backpacks 4 VIC Kids, and the team of Cranbourne Regional Uniting Club received the Team award for their achievements. Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP congratulated the Cranbourne Regional Uniting Club team and Mrs Sally Ritter for representing the region and dedicating their time to volunteering in the community. They join 60 volunteers across the state who were formally recognised at the ceremony, spanning support for a range of different communities and causes as well as a range of services and activities. The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year Award went to equality advocate Riley Briese, for helping change the landscape of care and support for young transgender people in regional Victoria. Mr Briese is the founder of Gateway Health Gender Service and received the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Trophy at the ceremony and $10,000 for his charity of choice. The Volunteer Champions Awards celebrate the extraordinary contributions of all Victorian volunteers, in areas such as health, sport, education, culture, community, environment, science and animal welfare. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $145,000 in 2018-19 to investigate ways to strengthen and diversify the volunteering sector, to build on the remarkable contribution volunteers make across our community. There are more than 1.5 million volunteers across Victoria, contributing $23 billion to the state’s economy. For more information on the winners, visit volunteer.vic.gov.au/awards Quotes attributed to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera MP “We are proud of Mrs Sally Ritter, team Cranbourne Regional Uniting Club for their incredible commitment to volunteering and strengthening our community.” “Cranbourne is a great place to volunteer and I encourage more people to consider getting involved.” “The benefits of volunteering are endless and can help people make new friendships and learn new skills.”

Victoria Leads The Way On Gender Pay Equity

The Andrews Labor Government will bring together key businesses leaders, decision-makers and influencers from across Victoria to tackle gender pay inequity at a landmark conference next month. The Minister for Industrial Relations and the Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today announced details of the Women@Work Conference – a forum that will help Victorian businesses tackle the gender pay gap. The most recent studies and data shows that women are under-represented in senior roles, suffer most from a lack of workplace flexibility and carry a disproportionate share of unpaid caring and domestic work. Women@Work is about changing that – bringing together bright, influential Victorians to champion gender equity and equal pay, as well as providing practical advice, particularly around family violence leave, flexible work, and workplace respect. It will also provide the information necessary for small businesses and organisations to improve workplace equality. Conference participants will be given training and information on how gender pay gaps develop, how to conduct a gender pay audit, how to implement flexible work arrangements and employer OHS obligations in relation to sexual harassment. Throughout the conference, employers and employees will share their experiences of the gender pay gap, success stories in closing it, and initiatives that can be taken to resolve the problem. The conference will be held on 21 March at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square. For more information visit connection.vic.gov.au/womenatwork Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relation and Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins “This landmark conference will bring together key decision makers to tackle gender inequality in the workplace head on.” “It will provide practical tools and advice for Victorian businesses to creating fairer and more inclusive workplaces for women.” “It’s part of our ongoing work to create more equal workplaces, and a more equal Victoria.”

Victoria Leads The Way On Gender Pay Equity

The Andrews Labor Government will bring together key businesses leaders, decision-makers and influencers from across Victoria to tackle gender pay inequity at a landmark conference next month. The Minister for Industrial Relations and the Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today announced details of the Women@Work Conference – a forum that will help Victorian businesses tackle the gender pay gap. The most recent studies and data shows that women are under-represented in senior roles, suffer most from a lack of workplace flexibility and carry a disproportionate share of unpaid caring and domestic work. Women@Work is about changing that – bringing together bright, influential Victorians to champion gender equity and equal pay, as well as providing practical advice, particularly around family violence leave, flexible work, and workplace respect. It will also provide the information necessary for small businesses and organisations to improve workplace equality. Conference participants will be given training and information on how gender pay gaps develop, how to conduct a gender pay audit, how to implement flexible work arrangements and employer OHS obligations in relation to sexual harassment. Throughout the conference, employers and employees will share their experiences of the gender pay gap, success stories in closing it, and initiatives that can be taken to resolve the problem. The conference will be held on 21 March at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square. For more information visit connection.vic.gov.au/womenatwork Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relation and Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins “This landmark conference will bring together key decision makers to tackle gender inequality in the workplace head on.” “It will provide practical tools and advice for Victorian businesses to creating fairer and more inclusive workplaces for women.” “It’s part of our ongoing work to create more equal workplaces, and a more equal Victoria.”

Turnbull’s Plan To Rip Billions From Victorian Hospitals

Victorian hospitals and patients will be billions of dollars worse off under a plan by Malcolm Turnbull to slash health funding. Once again, Victorians are being dudded by Malcolm Turnbull, with documents released this week confirming plans to short-change Victorian hospitals to the tune of $2.1 billion as part of a new funding agreement. Under the proposed Heads of Agreement for the National Health Reform Agreement 2020/21 to 2024/25 put forward by the Federal Liberal Government, there will be a cap to the growth for hospitals of 6.5 per cent which does not meet demand in Victorian hospitals, and no increase of the Commonwealth contribution rate to 50 per cent. This means $2.1 billion less for Victorian hospitals over the five years, which is the equivalent of: 6,954 fewer doctors 16,586 fewer nurses 333,990 fewer elective surgeries This will hit our hospitals hard, and will leave Victorians waiting longer for vital healthcare. This is on top of the $104 million that Victoria is already owed by the Federal Liberal Government – but that Malcolm Turnbull is refusing to pay – despite independent advice confirming Victoria is entitled to the funding. This $104 million cut is equal to 100,000 chemotherapy treatments or 650 nurses. As the fastest growing state in the country, Victoria deserves its fair share. This is yet another example that Malcolm Turnbull and his Government cannot be trusted on health funding. And to make matters worse, Matthew Guy refuses to stand up against his mate Malcolm Turnbull's cuts to Victorian hospitals. You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to healthcare – all they do is cut. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Time and time again Malcolm Turnbull has put Victorian patients, doctors and nurses last.” “The Federal Liberal Government have already ripped billions of dollars away from our hospitals, and now they want to take another $2.1 billion.” “Instead of playing politics from his waterside mansion in Sydney – Malcolm Turnbull needs to speak to the Victorian patients who will bear the brunt of these health cuts.”

Turnbull’s Plan To Rip Billions From Victorian Hospitals

Victorian hospitals and patients will be billions of dollars worse off under a plan by Malcolm Turnbull to slash health funding. Once again, Victorians are being dudded by Malcolm Turnbull, with documents released this week confirming plans to short-change Victorian hospitals to the tune of $2.1 billion as part of a new funding agreement. Under the proposed Heads of Agreement for the National Health Reform Agreement 2020/21 to 2024/25 put forward by the Federal Liberal Government, there will be a cap to the growth for hospitals of 6.5 per cent which does not meet demand in Victorian hospitals, and no increase of the Commonwealth contribution rate to 50 per cent. This means $2.1 billion less for Victorian hospitals over the five years, which is the equivalent of: 6,954 fewer doctors 16,586 fewer nurses 333,990 fewer elective surgeries This will hit our hospitals hard, and will leave Victorians waiting longer for vital healthcare. This is on top of the $104 million that Victoria is already owed by the Federal Liberal Government – but that Malcolm Turnbull is refusing to pay – despite independent advice confirming Victoria is entitled to the funding. This $104 million cut is equal to 100,000 chemotherapy treatments or 650 nurses. As the fastest growing state in the country, Victoria deserves its fair share. This is yet another example that Malcolm Turnbull and his Government cannot be trusted on health funding. And to make matters worse, Matthew Guy refuses to stand up against his mate Malcolm Turnbull's cuts to Victorian hospitals. You can’t trust the Liberals when it comes to healthcare – all they do is cut. Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy “Time and time again Malcolm Turnbull has put Victorian patients, doctors and nurses last.” “The Federal Liberal Government have already ripped billions of dollars away from our hospitals, and now they want to take another $2.1 billion.” “Instead of playing politics from his waterside mansion in Sydney – Malcolm Turnbull needs to speak to the Victorian patients who will bear the brunt of these health cuts.”