A Shorten Labor Government will lead the negotiation on the development of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.
The Plan will be based on the principles of National Leadership and Regional Integration which has been recommended by the National Mental Health Commission’s review.
In recognition of the need for multi-departmental engagement and cross jurisdictional sign-off, Labor will seek agreement to the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
Most importantly, the Plan will explicitly clarify the roles of the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments.
Development of the Plan will take into consideration the Mental Health Services Planning Framework, an initiative established under Labor that will provide the most comprehensive analysis of need, available service types and costings.
Labor has stood firm in saying that the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement should serve the interests of Australians, and not threaten their prosperity and safety by undermining labour and skills standards.