It’s been two days since Jeff Kennett announced former Prime Minister Julia Gillard would be taking over as chair of mental health organisation beyondblue.
And oh dear lord, has the internet responded with gusto.
“I feel even more sympathetic to mental health sufferers right now,” one man tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
“How depressing!!!!” another commented.
Kennett, who served as the Premier of Victoria from 1992 to 1999, formed Beyond Blue in 2000 and has been the organisation’s chair since then. Gillard has served on the board since 2014.
“Beyondblue has become part of my DNA but about three years ago I realised it was time for a change of leadership,” Kennett wrote in the Herald Sun on Tuesday.
“My board and I wanted a person committed to the mental health sector, someone who opposes discrimination, with a national standing and profile, one who could knock on any door in the country and have that door open and, of course, who is a good communicator.”
"Julia Gillard joined our board in mid-2014 and, having been raised by a father committed to his work as a psychiatric nurse, she has a natural attachment to the mental health sector and as prime minister introduced the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which is increasingly providing assistance and dignity to thousands," he continued.
Despite the glowing reassurance of choice, much of the public does not agree with Kennett.
"The worst decision Beyond Blue could have made. My family and I now consider this organisation null. I will NEVER EVER refer a friend, or anyone struggling with mental health to Beyond Blue. Gillard has just burnt down countless bridges you could have made with Australians," one Facebook user wrote on the beyondblue Facebook page.