Red Leather #99 - now available
With three weeks before NSW Parliament returns and while the Olympics dominate most media, what better time to provide an update on the goings-on under the O'Farrell Government.
Since the last edition of Red Leather, the NSW Budget was delivered and sank without a trace. It left in its wake $1.2 billion worth of unidentified budget cuts, 10,000 public servants sacked, no money for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, no progress on the Parramatta to Epping rail link, cuts to workers compensation and the opening up of our national parks to hunters. John Robertson's budget reply speech gives a good overview.
During the winter recess, the Opposition has been campaigning on the following issues:
- The O'Farrell Government's disgraceful cuts to worker's compensation that will mean injured workers and their families risk being left destitute
- The ongoing shootings across Sydney
- The North West Rail Link becoming a privatised shuttle service to Chatswood, breaking an election promise for direct services to the City for people in NW Sydney
- The continuing stagnation of the housing sector
- We were successful in having an inquiry set up for the bungled closure of the Cronulla Fisheries, see here what the Libs own MPs say about this decision
- Called for the release of the M5 study into air quality
- The O'Farrell Government's plans to inject Coal Seam Gas wastewater into aquifers
- Cuts to fire services
- The need to consult with disability groups about proposed changes to the disability parking scheme
- Cuts to overnight paramedic services
- School reforms that will leave public schools with significant funding cuts
- The National Disability Insurance Scheme and the need for O'Farrell to fund a pilot in NSW
I am currently running two petitions. The first is calling on the O'Farrell Government to rule out any privatisation of CountryLink rail services. The second is demanding that the O'Farrell government pass on in full the carbon price supplement to public and community housing tenants. You can download them here. Get them filled out and returned to my office as soon as possible.
Speech of the week: NSW State Labor Conference was held a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, here is John Robertson's speech.
Video of the week: NSW Rainbow Labor have put together a short video drawn from footage taken at this year's Mardi Gras Parade. If you want to get involved in Rainbow Labor check them out on facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org