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Report Card - Going Backwards

Report Card - Going Backwards

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Published by NSW Labor
Report on the status of women in NSW
Report on the status of women in NSW

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GGakwards
RepoRt on the status of women in nsw afteR two yeaRs of the o’faRRell GoveRnment
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GGakwards
RepoRt on thestatus of women in nswafteR two yeaRs of theo’faRRell GoveRnment
 
GGakwards
RepoRt on the status of women in nsw afteR two yeaRs of the o’faRRell GoveRnment
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March 2013 Authorised by Sophie Cotsis MLC, NSW Parliament. No taxpayer unds used or the design o this document.For more inormation visit www.nswalp.com
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Message fromLinda Burney,Deputy Leaderof the Opposition
Lie is getting harderor women under theO’Farrell Government.I you’re a mother witha sick child, you’re waiting longer to see a surgeon or a doctor –thanks to Mr O’Farrell’s $3 billion cut romour hospitals. Your child’s school is afected by $1.7 billion in statewide cuts. In 2013, Catholicand independent schools have been orcedto raise ees by up to six per cent. Preschoolplaces are also getting harder to nd. Ater two years in oce, Mr O’Farrellis increasingly remote rom the needso women. It’s obvious rom his harshbudget cuts, his indiference to rising guncrime and domestic violence – even hissexist language in the Parliament.The women o NSW deserve better. I encourageyou to read this document and nd out more.
Message fromSophie Cotsis,Shadow Minister forthe Status of Women
Last year I releasedthe rst “GoingBackwards” Report, which documented theO’Farrell Government’sailure to implement policies toimprove the status o women. Another year on, we continue to see policies thatmake lie harder. Cutting unding to educationmeans women have ewer opportunities toupskill at TAFE. Cutting unding to hospitalsmeans compromising women’s care. Erodingpublic sector working conditions is tailoredto hurt women – given they comprise 60per cent o this workorce. Incredibly, in2011-12, unding was rozen to a major NSW program tackling domestic violence. When it comes to women’s policy, the O’FarrellGovernment has a lot to answer or.
Linda Burney 
Deputy Leader o the Opposition
Sophie Cotsis
Shadow Minister or the Status o Women
 
GGakwards
RepoRt on the status of women in nsw afteR two yeaRs of the o’faRRell GoveRnment
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wME HrtY HEaLtH ts
$3 billion cu fom sw hopil
For women, a well-resourced hospital system is vital.Perhaps you’re a mother accompanying a sick child orelderly relative. Perhaps you require a mammogramor are about to give birth.Mr O’Farrell has ordered an unprecedented $3 billionunding cut to NSW hospitals – and it’s sending thesystem to breaking point. There are not enoughspecialists to see patients and not enough beds. Waiting times or emergency and elective surgery have blown out – and many women are being senthome without receiving treatment.
ue foce o py  $10,000e-eny coue fee
The O’Farrell Government is orcing nurses who leaveemployment to pay $10,000 or a course to re-enterthe NSW health system. In South Australia, re-entry courses are provided at no charge.NSW has a shortage o registered nurses and theO’Farrell Government’s cash-grab is no solution. Farrom it – it’s a deterrent to nurses to recommence work.
ambulnce ing longe o ive
I you dial-OOO, you expect an ambulance to arrivepromptly. But thanks to the O’Farrell Government’s$3 billion health cuts – which include ambulanceservices – women in the community are being placedat risk.
Woman forced to givebirth in car park
 A Sydney hospital has apologised to a mother who was orced to give birth in the car park.
Yahoo News, 26 February 2013 
Four die while waitingfor ambulance
Four people have died in less than a month while waiting or Hunter ambulances to comerom distant stations because their local cars were busy or queued at John Hunter Hospital.Suspected cardiac arrest cases include:An 80-year-old Cooranbong woman whodied the next day ater neighbours madea rantic call to triple-0 and waited 28minutes or paramedics to arrive romCardif.An elderly Coalelds woman whose amily  waited 39 minutes earlier this month and was told an ambulance had to come romout o the area because all the local cars were busy.
www.theherald.com.au, 26 July 2012
 The Health Minister has shown how outof touch she is with the problem of forcingnurses to pay $10,000 to re-enter the healthsystem:”I can’t see how there is a problem.”
 Jillian Skinner, 22 January 2012

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