LABOR has been left standing alone after the Greens yesterday announced they would support the Coalition’s promised $10 million funding of Peter’s Project for a south-west integrated cancer care centre.
Wannon Greens candidate Tim Emanuelle promised the party would give its political support to radiotherapy services in the region.
“The commitment is to support Peter’s Project and to commit $10 million from the federal government,” Mr Emanuelle told The Standard.
“It means we support it in principle as well as in Parliament. It also forms part of the Greens’ costed health policy.”
Cancer centre funding promises from both the Coalition and the Greens throws the spotlight back onto Labor’s Michael Barling in the final week of the campaign.
While Mr Barling is a strong supporter of Peter’s Project, federal Labor is yet to match the promise of the Coalition.
“I think it shows the level of support in the community for something that is desperately needed. Hopefully now we can get on with the job and get it done,” Mr Emanuelle said.
The 24-year-old candidate said he raised the issue with Greens health spokesman Richard Di Natale during his visit to Warrnambool earlier this year.
“It was something he was supportive of straight off the bat and I’ve been working with Richard and the rest of the team to get it a part of our policy,” he said.
“I’ve been a personal supporter of Peter’s Project for a number of years and when I ran it was my hope that I could bring the Greens along with me in support.”
“I have had friends who have had to go to Geelong for treatment and it’s obviously something that’s affected us all.”
Peter’s Project director Vicki Jellie said: “It’s great for Tim to get this commitment from the Greens and all the hard work he has obviously put in to getting this commitment.”
“Peter’s Project are apolitical. We’re happy to have support from anyone.
“I know Michael Barling has been working hard, they all have. All the people who are standing for Wannon on Saturday have been supportive personally as well.”