Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria):
In August last year, I had the great pleasure of accompanying the Premier, Dan Andrews, and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos to Mildura for the wonderful announcement that the Mildura Base Hospital would be returning to public management.
Accompanied by some outstanding members of the Mildura community we announced what many locals had been waiting for since the Kennett Liberal government’s privatisation spree—Labor was returning the Mildura Base Hospital to public management where it belongs!
And soon, on 15 September, the dream will become a reality with the hospital to be returned to public hands.
Labor never stopped listening to the Mildura community. We didn’t ignore them. We didn’t take them for granted. We didn’t cut their funding—we listened, and we delivered what the community of Mildura had been campaigning for for over two decades.
I am proud to be part of a government that prioritises people over profits. The bottom line is, patients deserve world-class treatment based on their needs, not by the depths of their pocket or their geography.
A special shout-out to the Mildura and district ALP branch, who never gave up on the fight to return the Mildura Base Hospital to public hands; they can be immensely proud that it was a Labor government that introduced this reform.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the Mildura Hospital consultative committee for the stellar work they’ve undertaken during the last 12 months of transition.
Finally, my sincere thankyou to the Mildura community for their persistence and passionate campaign for change.