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Report Card - Going Backwards

Report Card - Going Backwards

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Report on the status of women in NSW
Report on the status of women in NSW

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Published by: NSW Labor on Apr 03, 2013
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RepoRt on the status of women in nsw afteR two yeaRs of the o’faRRell GoveRnment
RepoRt on thestatus of women in nswafteR two yeaRs of theo’faRRell GoveRnment
RepoRt on the status of women in nsw afteR two yeaRs of the o’faRRell GoveRnment
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
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
RepoRt on the status of women in nsw afteR two yeaRs of the o’faRRell GoveRnment
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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