Labor MPs are distancing themselves from Daniel Andrews’ captain’s call to rename Maroondah Hospital to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.
Last month, Daniel Andrews caused outcry from Indigenous and local community groups when he announced the renaming of the Maroondah Hospital to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, without any consultation.
An online petition to reverse the decision has attracted more than 50,000 signatures with co-chair of Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly describing the renaming as “an act of colonisation all over again”.
Labor MP for Bayswater, Jackson Taylor, has recently distributed a brochure spruiking Labor’s plans for the hospital – but it lacks a single mention of Queen Elizabeth II, instead referring to the hospital by its current name.
When asked today about the missing name from this material, Daniel Andrews stated “I think you’ll find lots of material that does mention it”.
Despite this claim, since the outcry Labor MPs and candidates across the City of Maroondah including Will Fowles, Sonja Terpstra and Sorina Grasso have avoided using the new name on their campaign material and social media.
If Labor MPs won’t accept Dan’s captain’s call, why should Victorians?