The scourge of ICE use in NSW is having devastating effects in many communities and Labor has launched a new plan for mandatory detoxification and rehabilitation of ice addicts – for minors in the first instance, and then for adults.
Labor will open six clinics across the state for the mandatory detoxification and rehabilitation of patients with severe ice addictions who pose a risk to the community and themselves.
Labor will fund six facilities attached to public hospitals with a total of 150 beds – four will be located in regional NSW – at a cost of $100 million.
These clinics will treat up to 1,300 ice addicts a year and will be staffed by specially trained nurses, health professionals and security guards.
Police and health professionals will be able to refer and take patients to the clinic where an accredited medical practitioner will assess the patient and issue a certificate to admit them. A magistrate must review the admission. The requirements will be similar to the admission process for the current Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDAT).
Did you know that NSW patients are waiting for elective surgery much longer than patients in comparable countries including Canada and the United Kingdom? For the elderly in NSW – especially those waiting for knee and hip replacements and cataract removal – they face some of the longest waits for elective surgery in Australia – up to three times longer than the Australian median.
We currently have around 76,000 patients waiting for much needed surgery.
Of the patients waiting for elective surgery, there were:
- Almost 19,000 patients waiting for orthopaedic surgery;
- Almost 16,000 patients waiting for cataract surgery;
- More than 11,00 patients waiting for ear, nose and throat surgery;
- More than 8,500 waiting for a total knee and hip replacements;
- More than 4,500 patients waiting for tonsillectomies;
- The current wait tonsillectomy is 273 days; 197 days for a total hip replacement and 271 days for a total knee replacement.
Patients are forced to wait too long under the Berejiklian Government and only NSW Labor has a plan to resource our health and hospital system and put patients first.
Since 2011, the Liberals and Nationals have sold off more than $50 billion of publicly-owned assets and have gone too far in their privatisation agenda. This has had devastating effects for people in NSW.
Privatisation has resulted in higher electricity prices for families and small businesses, despite a pledge by former Premier Mike Baird that prices would not go up. Prices have gone up by 20 per cent since 2017 and 60 per cent since 2011.
The Liberal government has plans to sell off more public assets. Labor says, this has to stop!
It was fantastic to be in Murrumbateman yesterday with Luke Foley and Mike Kelly MP to give the good news that Labor is committing $25m to build the new primary school in Murrumbateman.
Documents obtained by NSW Labor under FOI show prisons across the state would be left at ‘high risk’ danger due to staff cuts being made by the Berejiklian Government’s so-called benchmarking reforms.
The risk assessments reveal experienced corrections staff and senior psychologists will be cut from prisons, forcing less-qualified staff to take on extra duties under the reforms introduced by Minister Elliott. This was confirmed last month by local MP Pru Goward in a speech to Parliament where she outlined exactly were the cuts would land at Goulburn Gaol.
The documents further state that changes to the staffing in NSW prisons could present a ‘high risk’ to their good order and security, as well as to the safety of inmates through suicide and self-harm (see images at end of release).
There is currently a Parliamentary Inquiry into Prisons which is examining the benchmarking process, prison security, the privatisation of Parklea and a series of corrupt events that have come to light during the investigation.
Shadow Minister for Corrections Guy Zangari says
"the Liberal-National Government is threatening the safety of staff in every prison and endangering inmates by reducing their access to mental health services through cuts to services provided by psychologists."
The Prison population has reached an all time high of 13,600 this year and the government's solution has been pop up prisons that have already been subject to riots, lockdowns and serious assaults on prison officers and prisoners.
In Goulburn, we have the toughest prisoners in the state.
There will be job cuts - the Assistant Superintendent ranks will be removed.
We need our prison staff to be well protected and able to come home to their families at the end of their shifts.Read more
Are you suffering power bill shock? You aren't the only one!
Hundreds of thousands of Western Sydney residents have been overcharged at least $227 million by a newly-privatised electricity company.
Endeavour Energy has been ordered to pay back its customers – who are spread across the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, South Coast and Blue Mountains - millions of dollars in overcharges.
Endeavour was sold to a Macquarie Group-led consortium in May 2017 for $7.6 billion.
The money raised from privatisation was promised to fund the Government’s infrastructure program but the reality is people are being asked to pay more tolls, higher electricity prices and much higher housing costs.
Labor Leader, Luke Foley says
"The Liberals promised the public that their power bills wouldn’t go up and yet prices have risen on average by 20 per cent. Their election pledge wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on.Read more
The Berejiklian Government is splurging on consultants but keeps cutting public sector jobs.
An analysis of Crown Entity Financial Statements by the NSW Opposition has revealed that the Berejiklian Government spent an extraordinary $75 million on bankers, lawyers, accountants, public relations experts and other consultants for work in privatising Port Botany, Port Kembla and Port of Newcastle.
Earlier this year, documents showed the Liberal-Nationals had thrown $20 million at consultants to sort out its stadium policy before it had even released the business cases for splurging $2.7 billion on the knock-down and rebuild of Sydney stadiums.
Consultants, developers and the big end of town are continuing to line-up for a handout from the Berejiklian Government. It seems everyone except the people of NSW are benefiting from the cash being splashed about by the Liberal-National Government.Read more
What an unfair budget for Australia! This is an unfair budget that gives big business and the banks an $80 billion tax handout and makes Ordinary folk pay for it with cuts.
Bad news today, with IPART recommending a reduction in the solar tariff to 7.5c/kW for 2018-19, down from 11.9-15/kW.
Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy Adam Searle said the reduction of the feed-in tariff will effectively penalise NSW solar households for producing clean power.
IPART has justified the cut by claiming an increase in solar exports has led to a drop in the wholesale cost of electricity during the day.
Labor has so far been the only party with the political will to outline a plan for secure and clean energy while the Liberals stand idle and do nothing.
“There are many benefits to having rooftop solar and people who invest in clean power should be rewarded for it, not punished.