Embattled Labor Minister Leesa Vlahos has admitted to State Parliament that her only discussion with the Mental Health Commissioner about the damning Oakden Report occurred at Bunnings.
The shocking admission came during the third straight day of sustained questioning about the Oakden scandal from the State Liberals. “We knew Leesa Vlahos was out of her depth as a minister but this shocking admission demonstrates just how far out of her depth she is,” said Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman.
“How on earth does Ms Vlahos think it’s appropriate to ignore the Mental Health Commissioner, fail to seek his advice on such a damning report, and then just catch up with him between the pot plants and barbeques at Bunnings?
“I would like to know what Premier Weatherill thinks about this latest revelation but we probably won’t hear anything from him because he’s out of the state again.”
Leesa Vlahos’ Oakden scandal:
• Vlahos notified of concerns regarding the potential for “serious injury or death” at Oakden by a fellow Labor MP in early 2015 but didn’t visit the facility until February 2017
• Vlahos notified of Spriggs’ family allegations of abuse in October 2016 but failed to act until at least December 2016
• Vlahos received the Oakden report on Monday 10 April 2017 but failed to read the report until the following weekend and did not make a public statement about the contents of the Report until Thursday 20 April
• Vlahos failed to discuss the Oakden Report with the Mental Health Commissioner until she bumped into him at Bunnings
• Vlahos continues to refuse to accept any responsibility for the neglect and abuse of the elderly at Oakden