Rebecca White MP | Labor Member for Lyons
No one should have to choose between paying for electricity, water or healthcare. However, that’s the choice that might be faced by some pensioners and concession cardholders as a result of the state and federal Liberal governments.
Up until now the federal government has provided states with money to supply certain concessions for pensioners and Seniors Card holders. The Federal government announced in the 2014 Federal Budget that these concessions for local government rates including land, water and sewerage; energy; motor vehicle registration and public transport concessions would be scrapped. The prospect that pensioners will lose these concessions is real.
The Southern Beaches community will lose its Sunday bus service on June 2 after the new Liberal Government chose to withdraw a subsidy.
Labor Member for Lyons, Rebecca White, criticised the decision and called on the Government to reinstate the subsidy so the bus service can continue.
“For a community the size of ours it seems extraordinary that there is no regular Sunday bus service to and from the city,” Ms White said.
“The previous Labor Government funded public transport services to help them provide additional trips and give people more opportunities to use affordable transport.”
One of the first acts of the new Liberal Government has been to withdraw the subsidy and leave people in Sorell, Dodges Ferry and Midway Point without a Sunday bus service.
Shadow Health Minister Rebecca White today questioned the Liberals’ commitment to elective surgery.
The Liberals today tabled their supplementary appropriation bills in Parliament but have no answers for how much of the more than $1.4 billion will go towards their $76 million elective surgery promise.
“Under scrutiny in Question Time, Health Minister Michael Ferguson refused to detail if even one cent of that money would go towards elective surgery,” Ms White said.
The week of May 11th was national Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Schizophrenia is one of the most stigmatised conditions in Australia and a much more common illness than many might think. There are around 230,000 Australians that have schizophrenia and millions of Australians are impacted by the condition. 60 per cent of people with schizophrenia experience negative and offensive attitudes from others towards them which I find very concerning.