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Liberals Need to Honour Their Suicide Prevention Election Commitment

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Tags: Suicide Prevention, Health, Mental Health, Public Service

That the House:—

(1)           Notes that:—

(a)           as part of an election commitment the Liberal Government allocated $3 million to suicide prevention strategies in the 2014/15 Budget, with $1 million to be spent each year from 2014/15 to 2016/17;

(b)           in the first year of the program, 2014/15, only $339,000 of the allocated $1 million was spent, and the rest was rolled over;

(c)           at the end of the second year of the program, 2015/16, only $406,000 of the rolled-over allocation of $1.434 million is projected to have been spent; and

(d)           by the third year, 2016/17, $2.255 million of the $3 million remains to be spent, and $640,000 of it is being pushed to a fourth year, 2017/18.

(2)           Calls on the Government:—

(a)           to explain whether the allocated money has been rolled-over due to a lack of public servants in the Department to project manage the money; and

(b)           to stand by their election commitment to Tasmanians and fund their suicide prevention commitments as they said they would.