The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called out the Andrews Labor Government for failing to deliver on a promise to support local mask manufacturer Med-Con.
Ms Lovell told State Parliament on the 3 August 2021 that the State Government has ceased purchasing surgical masks from Med-Con, in favour of cheaper products from interstate or overseas. Health Minister Martin Foley addressed the issue the following day, promising to ask his department and the health agencies to look at how Med-Con can be supported by the State Government in the future.
Earlier this week, Ms Lovell contacted Med-Con to establish whether the government had acted on the promise and was informed by management that despite more than a month elapsing since Mr Foley’s statement, no approach had been received from the State Government or the Minister’s department.
Ms Lovell said that this yet another example of empty promises and spin from Labor, with Mr Foley saying one thing and doing the opposite.
In Parliament this week, Ms Lovell again called for the Andrews Labor Government to support Med-Con and re-commence purchasing PPE masks from this great local manufacturer.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“This is Andrews Labor 101; all spin and empty promises by pretending to care about local manufacturers but failing to support them.
“It has been over a month since Martin Foley and Daniel Andrews made this promise and I again urge them to support Med-Con, a company who stepped up and produced quality surgical-grade masks for Victoria at the height of the pandemic last year.”
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