Victoria Shadow Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge
Neville’s Failures Exposed Again On Supported Accomodation
Victor P Taffa
Despite a windfall of almost $25 Million from the Federal Government, the Brumby Labor Government has not yet delivered a single additional supported accommodation place, according to “Breaking Point” on the ABC’s Four Corners program last night.
“The Victorian Labor Government has been identified as being among the worst offenders in the country for failing to deliver much-needed relief to some of our community’s most vulnerable residents.” Shadow Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said.
The Federal Government announced a supported accommodation funding package on 4 May 2008, with $24.58 Million for Victoria to provide 70 new places.
“Labor has had plenty of time to utilise the federal money to establish new places for the 1,292 Victorians who have been identified as immediately needing supported accommodation. Instead not a single place has been opened and individuals continue to languish on the waiting list.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
People with disabilities and their families will actually still have to wait some time for the new places to be available.
The Coalition-initiated Inquiry into Supported Accommodation for Victorians with a disability and/or mental illness heard from the Brumby Government that the federally-funded places are not due for completion until June 2011.
“Even when the Brumby Government is forced into taking action as a result of federal intervention and public pressure, they still sit on their hands.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“For individuals and their families and carers this is a crisis but, once again, we find Labor unwilling or unable to deliver critical services within reasonable timeframes.”
“It is a scathing indictment on John Brumby and another failure by the Minister for Community Services to provide the leadership that Victorians expect on this issue.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
Revenues from the Federal Government to the State’s are flowing faster than the Murray River and yet time and again these finances are being mismanaged.