A media release published by Australian Labor on 7 August 2013 states that the Australian Prime Minister and the Minister for Ageing, Jacinta Collins, announced that Federal Labor will commit $5.5 million over seven years for the establishment of Hummingbird House – a new children’s hospice for East Brisbane – with a further $11.6 million sourced from corporate and private donations.
The media release goes on to describe the service that will be offered by Hummingbird House, which will be operated by Queensland Kids and provide respite and care for children with life limiting illnesses and children and families who are looking for alternative end-of-life care.
In a post on social media site, Paul Quillian, co-founder of Queensland Kids, said that this was a great bipartisan outcome and thanked Bill Glasson, the LNP Candidate for Griffith, for requesting Kevin Rudd and Labor’s commitment on national television and also thanked Mr Rudd for his subsequent commitment.
This announcement means that no matter what the outcome of the Australian elections on 7 September, a figure of $11m has been secured that will be used to support the Queensland families who need Hummingbird House.
The Australian Labor release labelled this initiative as being above politics and stated that it was good news that support for the hospice is guaranteed regardless of which political side wins the election.