Ministers missing as Manmeet truth is revealed

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The Mullen Review into the horrific killing of bus driver Manmeet Sharma by Anthony O'Donohue in 2016 has exposed lethal gaps in Queensland's mental health services, the LNP said today.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington condemned the Palaszczuk Government for sitting on the report for 18 months – only to release its findings at 3pm today to deliberately minimize public scrutiny.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk and her team made certain they were seen in the media mourning for Manmeet Sharma – but they were nowhere to be seen when this damning report was released," Ms Frecklington said.

"The release of this report 18 months after it was received by the Palaszczuk Government is a new rock-bottom low in transparency and accountability.

"Both Labor and the Greens voted down the LNP's attempts to have this report released earlier this year. It is now clear why Labor MPs voted as they did.

"My deepest sympathies go to Manmeet's family, who must have a heavy heart today.

"His death should not have happened and was caused by fundamental failures of Queensland Health and the Palaszczuk Government.

"Anthony O'Donohue was discharged from a community mental health service in August 2016 with a diagnosed delusional disorder.  

"A condition of his discharge was that he be transferred to the care of a GP service.

"This never occurred and when Mr O'Donohue tried to seek help from community mental health services he was turned away.

"Mr O'Donohue was a sick man who was denied the treatment he needed. This failure cost Manmeet his life.

"I call on the Premier to apologise to the family of Manmeet for failing him so badly and for hiding these reports for so long. They deserved answers far sooner than this."

 
Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland :
PO Box 940, Spring Hill Qld 4004, Queensland Wide
07 3844 0666
Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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