The Age reports that Mirabella claimed: “I had a commitment for a $10 million allocation to the Wangaratta hospital that, if elected, I was going to announce the week after the election. That is $10 million that Wangaratta hasn’t had because Cathy [McGowan] got elected,”
If this is true, it is a shocking indictment on the Liberal Party who would appear to be using public funds, or the threat of withdrawing them, to improve their electoral chances. This is a good reason for not voting for Meribel orthe Liberal party.
If this is not true, then it is a shocking indictment on the trustworthiness of Sophie Mirabella and a very good reason for not voting for her and continuing to support Cathy McGowan in Wangaratta.
Sophie Mirabella: On the nose, even in the Liberal party
And a day later, The Age reports:
The Turnbull government has been severely embarrassed by former Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella’s claim that $10 million in local hospital funding was never delivered because she was dumped by voters in 2013.
The claim prompted outrage that the incoming Abbott government had seemingly withheld planned hospital funding because voters did not elect the Liberal candidate. Labor on Friday referred the matter to the Commonwealth auditor-general.
A controversial figure both within and outside the Liberal Party, Ms Mirabella was preselected in June last year. But this week’s incidents are widely viewed as highly damaging to her bid to regain the seat.
Senior ministers ducked for cover when asked about the comments on Friday. Treasurer Scott Morrison – who was campaigning with Ms Mirabella – and Health Minister Sussan Ley emphasised there had been no “public commitment” on funding for Wangaratta hospital.
The office of Peter Dutton, who became health minister following the 2013 election, referred questions to the current health minister, Sussan Ley. Ms Ley,