Media Release: PHC State Government Surplus

The Hon Andrew Hastie MP - Federal Member for Canning - Shadow Minister for Defence


Friday 16 December 2022


Federal Member for Canning, the Hon Andrew Hastie MP, has called on Premier Mark McGowan to do the right thing and use part of the mid-year Budget surplus of $1.84 billion to upgrade the Peel Health Campus.

Mr McGowan’s massive budget surplus comes as ambulance ramping figures reach yet another new high of 601.8 hours for the month of November–more than 20 hours a day.

Mr Hastie said the Premier is putting the lives of people in the Peel region at risk.

“Mark McGowan is happy to boast about his massive budget surplus–but he refuses to put his hand in his pocket when it comes to our health system,” Mr Hastie said.

“Our local hospital is at the heart of our healthcare, especially for those of us living in Mandurah. And for the last five years, we have been let down by a state Labor Government that has failed to deliver,” Mr Hastie said.

“Not only has he let our hospital system reach the state it’s in–he has refused to reverse his decision to delay vital upgrades to the Peel Health Campus until 2024.”

“The people of the Peel region trusted Mark McGowan to fix our hospital like he promised. They elected three state Labor members, but where are they now?”

“David Templeman has been our local MP for 20-years, why is he not standing up for our community? He is completely ineffective as a long-standing cabinet minister. Where is Robyn Clarke? And where is Lisa Munday - an ex-paramedic who promised to fight for our community yet has stayed silent on this issue?”

“Enough is enough–the people of the Peel region deserve better. It is now urgent that the Premier does his job.”

Over 700 people have signed Mr Hastie’s petition calling for urgent action at the Peel Health Campus, which can be found here.