Peter Malinauskas has been caught out making inaccurate and misleading statements regarding our state’s health system, with the Electoral Commissioner forcing him to admit his claims were wrong, and to issue a statement correcting the record.
In a facebook post late yesterday, Mr Malinauskas referred to the original offending facebook post which referred to an article headline which read ‘secret plans to axe doctors, nurses from Adelaide hospitals’. He went further and wrote: “It is incomprehensible that the Marshall Liberal Government are secretly planning to cut even more doctors and nurses at our hospitals”.
His post went onto say that the Electoral Commissioner had determined this statement “purporting to be a statement of fact … is inaccurate and misleading to a material extent”.
“This is a huge embarrassment for the Labor Leader, as the independent umpire has directed him to admit his recent claims were wrong regarding health staffing numbers, in what is, sadly, another instance of Mr Malinauskas being caught out playing politics on such an important issue,” Treasurer Rob Lucas said.
“People have a right to expect leaders to be straight with them and tell the truth. Mr Malinauskas had been told his claims about doctors and nurses were wrong, yet he ignored that and continued making claims that were wrong.
“Given Mr Malinauskas’ record as Health Minister, from the disastrous Transforming Health and downgrading hospitals, through to the closure of The Repat, it’s sadly, hardly surprising that he’s again been caught out on matters concerning the health portfolio.
“A key part of his campaign in health has now blown up in his face, and South Australians should rightly be wary of anything he says in respect of health between now and the next state election.
“In stark contrast, the Marshall Government is pumping a record $7.4 billion into health spending next year, which is almost $900 million more than was spent in the final year of the former Labor government.
“We’ve also delivered 1,000 extra health staff and 855 more doctors and nurses in our first two years since the last election – further blowing out of the water Mr Malinauskas’ misleading and inaccurate claims.”