By Joel Fitzgibbon
16 June 2020
The National Party has abandoned its own election promises on mental health funding and failed to deliver on its headspace commitment in Cessnock.
Nationals’ candidate for Hunter in the 2019 election, Josh Angus, was very vocal about his passion for mental health funding during the recent federal election. On 14 April 2019, Angus uploaded a video to his Facebook announcing:
“Investing in mental health and suicide prevention is not a choice, it is a must. That’s why, if the Nats return to government, we will be building a new headspace facility right here in Cessnock.”
Labor matched the commitment but lost the election.
Yet on 9 June 2020, after seven years in Government and more than a year since the Hunter was promised a new headspace facility, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced a $24.2 million funding boost for additional mental health care at headspace.
A Cessnock headspace facility is conspicuously absent from the Coalition’s mental health announcement.
“Cessnock locals are yet again reminded that they cannot trust the Liberal National Government to deliver on their election promises,” said Joel Fitzgibbon, Federal Member for Hunter. “This simply isn’t good enough. I will continue to pressure the Government to deliver on their promises to Hunter locals.”