Michael Daley MP, the Shadow Treasurer and Member for Maroubra and I received a petition a few weeks ago signed by more than 10,000 people which we presented to the parliament. That petition said:
“To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled. We the undersigned oppose the cuts to jobs and services at Prince of Wales Hospital and call upon the O'Farrell Government to increase funding to the hospital as a matter of urgency.”
Michael Daley MP best describes events when he posted on his Facebook Page the following:
“Today, Ron Hoenig MP and I debated a 10,000 signature petition calling on the Government to STOP THE CUTS at Prince of Wales Hospital.
What a shame that people like doctors, nurses, hospital workers, patients, and families were forced to collect 10,000 signatures just to be given the chance to beg the Government to reverse their cuts.
As a further insult, the Minister for Health couldn't even be bothered attending. Instead, she sent the member for Coogee, Bruce Notley-Smith who argued the cuts weren't real. What an insult. Why don't you come up to the hospital and talk to the staff, Bruce?
Thanks to everyone who came today and worked hard on this over the last few months. We won't give up!”
My speech to parliament is here: