I wish to advise you on developments with a motion on mental health before the Australian Parliament. I believe there are a number of misconceptions on the Motion and I will endeavour to clarify these here.
With Pat McGorry and Jan Kealton (a bereaved parent and carer from the Gold Coast), I attended a series of meetings in Canberra with MPs and Senators on Wednesday 17 November. The meetings provided an opportunity to brief Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum on the Motion developed by The Hon. Peter Dutton MP and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.
A copy of the Motion is attached for your information. The Motion differs from an early Motion on Mental Health debated in the House of Representatives. The amended Motion was passed by the Senate in late October with the support of Senators Fielding and Xenophon. It does not commit the Government to a specific level of funding nor a specific timeframe; objections made by the Government during the Parliamentary debates.
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