The State Liberals are deeply concerned that South Australia applied for just three Federal grants for community-based drug action teams whilst Victoria sought funding for 26 such teams.
“Once again Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Leesa Vlahos has been found asleep at the wheel in respect of a critical issue for South Australians,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Well Being Stephen Wade.
“Minister Vlahos failed to investigate the shocking conditions for patients at the Oakden mental health facilities and then sat on the damning report into that facility for more than a week.
“Families and individuals wrestling with the appalling consequences of ice addiction can’t afford another repeat performance by the Minister.
“The scourge of ice is sweeping through South Australian communities and it is inexcusable that Leesa Vlahos has failed to facilitate applications for the Federal funding.
“Tasmania has a third of the number of people of South Australia but managed to put in more applications for the funding. Victoria had 26 applications, New South Wales 22 and Queensland 15.
“Minister Vlahos’s excuse that it wasn’t her role to coordinate the applications of Primary Health Networks is pitiful.
“We need strong leadership from the Minister for Substance Abuse if South Australia is going to curb the rising toll of ice addiction in communities across the state.
“Minister Vlahos needs to get into gear and ensure South Australia doesn’t miss the boat for future funding from the Federal Government.
“The Weatherill Government’s relationship with the Federal Government is characterized by blame-shifting, stunts and ambushes – rather than partnerships delivering outcomes.”