The State Government has refused to allow 1000 individually signed letters opposing the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital to be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson asked for leave to table the two folders containing the letters yesterday evening during the delivery of a Private Members Statement.
Ms Watson’s speech reported to the State Parliament on Sunday’s community rally where 1500 people turned up to send a clear message to the Baird Government: Keep Shellharbour Hospital Public.
Ms Watson called on the Government to publicly release all of the expressions of interest received by the Government so the public could see and judge for themselves how this privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital would work.
She attacked Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward MP for his refusal to attend the Sunday rally, despite being invited.
Ms Watson also highlighted the internal divisions within the Illawarra Liberals with former Shellharbour Council Mayor, Councillor Kellie Marsh seconding a unanimous resolution calling for the existing hospital site to remain operational for a public hospital only.
Extract from Anna Watson’s speech:
“The people of my electorate of Shellharbour and who love their hospital can smell political BS a mile away in a fog and have not fallen for the Government’s spin since the announcement was first made 10 weeks ago.
“They are not buying the political spin of the member for Kiama. The Government is heading down the wrong path on this issue as well as into a world of political pain. Everyone knows about the Port Macquarie hospital debacle.
“We do not want the Shellharbour Hospital ending up the same way. I call on the Government, and particularly the member for Kiama, to listen to the community, upgrade the Shellharbour Hospital as the Government promised at the 2015 election, and abandon this privatisation plan now.”
9 November 2016