Barnett’s budget disaster the nail in the coffin for RPH promise

May 20th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Fast Facts:

  • State Budget confirms Barnett Government has broken RPH promise
  • Promise to redevelop the hospital was made at the 2008 and 2013 elections
  • Health Minister blames budget disaster as the reason behind broken promise

The Barnett Liberal Government has officially walked away from their key election commitment to redevelop Royal Perth Hospital.

The Liberal Party promised to ‘transform RPH into a 400-bed trauma facility with a new emergency department and a new west wing’. Mr Barnett twice promised the redevelopment – at the 2008 and 2013 State Elections.

In response to questions in Parliament, Health Minister Kim Hames admitted the project would not go ahead as promised due to the Government’s poor budget position.

“The redevelop of RPH was the biggest election promise from 2008 and it was repeated in 2013.

“This is a huge breach of trust by Colin Barnett and Kim Hames.

“Colin Barnett’s failure to manage the State’s finances is a shameful excuse by a government in disarray.

“When you make election commitments, any responsible government would properly plan to honour those promises.

“Colin Barnett has blown the boom and now has blown his RPH promise.

“This broken promise is a major blow for patients, staff and the Western Australian community. The Government must apologise.”


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