NSW Let Down

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Message from

NSW OPPOSITION LEADER, JOHN ROBERTSON
Barry O’Farrell has let down the families of NSW. After two years, the Premier has fixed nothing.
Despite promising to lower the cost of living, Mr O’Farrell has sent household bills soaring by more than $1,000 each year. Instead of investing in the basic services we rely on, the O’Farrell Government has cut $1.7 billion in funding from our schools and $3 billion from our hospitals. School resources and assistance for students are being cut back, while hospital wards and beds are being closed across the State. Rather than improving community safety, the Premier has failed to take action on drive by shootings and gun crime in Sydney. Debt has blown out by $10 billion under this Government, and the State’s AAA credit rating placed on negative outlook.

Mr O’Farrell and his colleagues have fixed nothing and let down the families of NSW.

John Robertson MP
NSW OPPOSITION LEADER

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THE O’FARRELL GOVERNMENT HAS LET FAMILIES DOWN AND SENT TAXES AND BILLS SKYROCKETING:

Electricity up $594 Gas up $171 Green slips up $98 Council rates up $52 Water bills up $24 New land tax will cost $267 each year Public preschools up $40 per day Catholic school fees forced up because of State Government budget cuts and veterans up $618

CUTS TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
have left thousands of workers and their families struggling to pay basic household and medical bills

Social housing rent for pensioners

PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES UP 10 PER CENT – WHILE SERVICES GET WORSE:
Campbelltown, Penrith and Blue Mountains
train fares up $208

LOCKING FIRST HOME BUYERS OUT OF THE MARKET:
Stamp duty tax for first home buyers up by $17,990 Axed $7,000 grant for first home buyers purchasing an existing home

Wyong and Gosford train fares
up $156

Strathfield and Fairfield train fares
up $156

Rockdale and Strathfield bus fares
up $124.80

Balmain bus fares up $83.20

“It is imperative that the first home buyers incentives for the purchase of existing property be reintroduced.”
(REINSW, 21 January 2013)

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Cuts to schools & TAFE
The O’Farrell Government’s $1.7 billion education funding cut is hurting schools and TAFE.

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THE IMPACT IN OUR SCHOOLS:

Hundreds of school support staff and teachers’ aides sacked School demountable replacement program axed Funding for special needs students cut Catholic and independent schools forced to raise fees due to budget cuts Board of Studies loses $8.7 million in funding

Up to 400 regional education officers to be sacked
School cleaning hours cut Students asked to supply schools with reams of paper and tissues School infrastructure funding cut Program to replace unflued heaters scaled back School Drug Prevention Unit abolished School Sports Unit loses teaching experts and funding HSC Advice Line axed

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THE IMPACT IN OUR TAFE COLLEGES AND VET SECTOR:

800 TAFE teachers and staff sacked TAFE fees up 9.5 per cent Funding for the Apprentice Joint Group Training Scheme abolished Arts courses no longer receive government funding Support for TAFE students with a disability cut back TAFE courses slashed, including more than 30 in the Hunter

“How can the government claim that these cuts will not affect the delivery of education and especially the education of high-needs children and young people?”
(Letter from the public, Catholic and independent school sector teachers, principals and parents, 15 November 2012)

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Cuts to hospitals
Families across our State rely on a top quality health system, but they are being let down by the O’Farrell Government’s $3 billion funding cut to NSW hospitals.

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FAMILIES ARE FACING BED SHORTAGES AND GROWING WAITING LISTS:

$2.2 billion cut from hospital budgets and services $775 million cut from hospital staffing budgets Longest surgical waiting list in history – 71,509 currently waiting Patients with life threatening injuries forced to wait an hour and a half for treatment 3,600 health workers set to lose their jobs

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THE IMPACT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTACK ON OUR HOSPITALS IS ALREADY BEING FELT, WITH:

Prince of Wales Hospital forced to close an entire ward and 26 beds Cardiac unit at Mount Druitt Hospital shut down More than $3 million cut from the staffing budget at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Nursing shifts cut at John Hunter Hospital St George Hospital forced to cut back on vital bowel cancer surgeries Hydrotherapy pool at Prince of Wales Hospital to be privatised More than 90 per cent of health job cuts are coming from frontline hospital positions Ambulance night shifts cancelled to cut costs Regional patients waiting up to five hours for an ambulance One in three ambulances forced to wait more than 30 minutes queuing outside
Emergency Departments

405 hospital beds the Minister claims to have opened were actually open
before the last election

Chairs are counted as beds in NSW hospitals as a cover for major bed shortages

“The Council remains extremely concerned at the prospect of severe reductions in budget and the consequences for patient management and the delivery of clinical services.”
(Prince of Wales Staff Medical Council, 28 February 2013)

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Economic t n e m e g a n a m s i m
The O’Farrell Government has let down families by plunging the State into debt and increasing taxes, with nothing to show for it. BUDGET DEBT & DEFICITS:
Debt up by more than $10 billion NSW is going into a $776 million deficit
this year

JOBS SUFFER:
15,000 workers sacked, including
teachers, nurses, emergency services workers and rail safety staff

Triple A credit rating on negative outlook Economic growth is expected to fall from
2.6 per cent in 2010/11 to just 2 per cent this year

Thousands of private sector jobs
have left the State

Government voted against Labor’s plan
for a Jobs Commissioner to create and protect jobs

PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS SACKED, WITH MORE TO COME:
3,600 jobs from our hospitals 2,400 jobs from schools & TAFE 900 jobs from community services 400 jobs from emergency services 1,140 jobs from rail safety and maintenance

EXODUS OF JOBS FROM NSW:
500 at Kell & Rigby 500 at Westpac in Sydney and hundreds more at the Commonwealth Bank, QBE, ANZ, NAB, Suncorp and Macquarie Bank 250 Hunter aluminium smelter jobs 190 at Reckitt Benckiser 106 at Pacific Brands 100 jobs at Rosella

n-three “The negative outlook reflects our view that there is a one-i our view chance of a downgrade in the coming 24 months, based on t that NSW’s budgetary performance could weaken and migh en.” not provide NSW with the capacity to... contain its debt burd (Standard & Poor’s, 25 October 2012)

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Transport chaos
After two years, the O’Farrell Government hasn’t fixed our transport system. Delays are getting worse, while fares continue to increase.
DELAYS ARE GETTING WORSE, WHILE FARES INCREASE:
Nine major train delays at the beginning
of 2013 saw hundreds of thousands of commuters left stranded for hours

MAJOR PROJECTS DUMPED, DOWNGRADED OR LEFT WITHOUT FUNDING:
No start date, finish date or costings
for North West Rail Link (NWRL)

NWRL downgraded to a shuttle
between Rouse Hill and Chatswood

Seven out of 16 train lines running late Buses running late in every region Graffiti incidents up 10 per cent 29,000 complaints made to CityRail in just one year – a double digit increase Western, Illawarra and South Line

Transport experts say the bus will
be faster than the NWRL

Parramatta Epping Rail Link scrapped No express train services from
Campbelltown, Blue Mountains, Penrith and Central Coast

170 per cent train overcrowding on the

New platforms at Town Hall
and Wynyard scrapped

DIRTY AND DANGEROUS TRAINS:
Security patrols cut at stations
across Sydney

Western Express dumped Sydney Ferries privatised

CCTV cameras turned off
on station platforms

REGIONAL TRANSPORT FORGOTTEN:
Removing the Newcastle Rail Line 20 Year Transport Masterplan completely
ignores regional NSW

1,140 rail safety and maintenance
workers sacked

Town Hall and Wynyard stations
dangerously overcrowded

No upgrades to CountryLink services

30 complaints lodged weekly
over dirty trains and stations

“We’ve done some calculations from just about everywhere where someone would begin the trip to the city, and except for the Cherrybrook people, there would be a significant saving in time by sticking with the bus.”
(David Hensher on the NWRL, 2 September 2012)

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Community safety at risk
Instead of taking action on gun crime, the O’Farrell Government has cancelled Police Academy classes and left police stations understaffed.
COMMUNITY SAFETY AND ATTACKS ON OUR HARDWORKING POLICE FORCE:
More than 210 shootings since the O’Farrell Government came to office Class at the Police Academy cancelled – preventing 300 new police officers graduating this year Western Sydney police stations left critically understaffed The Premier has failed to use legislation to outlaw criminal bikie gangs Financial support for police officers injured in the line of duty slashed

FIREFIGHTERS HIT WITH HUGE BUDGET CUTS, DESPITE A HORRIFIC BUSHFIRE SEASON:
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) budget cut by $64 million Rolling fire station closures because of cuts to the FRNSW staffing budget Up to 420 firefighters face the axe from FRNSW and 120 firefighters
from the Rural Fire Service

The fire engine replacement program has been slashed by 20 per cent

“April 2012 was the worst month in the past decade for the offence of ‘discharge firearm into premises’ with 20 incidents recorded.” (BOCSAR 6 September 2012)

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Hunting in National Parks
The O’Farrell Government’s deal to allow hunting in national parks has put public safety and our environment at risk.
PREMIER WARNED OF DEATH OR INJURY
The Government’s own risk assessment states there is a risk of:

Death or injury to park visitors,
staff and hunters themselves

O’FARRELL’S BROKEN PROMISE
WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF DOING DEALS WITH THE MINOR PARTIES…. THERE WILL NOT BE A DECISION TO TURN OUR NATIONAL PARKS INTO HUNTING RESERVES.
Barry O’Farrell Sydney Morning Herald 13 April 2011

Animal carcasses causing
damage to waterways

Bushwalkers and campers
coming face to face with hunters

Death or injury to native
animals

Reduced visitor numbers Dangerous confrontations
between armed hunters and protestors

Hunters will be unsupervised
in the majority of national park areas

“Most projectile injuries to people are likely to cause serious injury or death. Accordingly this risk consequence is categorised as major.” (Government risk assessment 2012)

“Hunting in national parks: 10/10. It’s coming, like Christmas.” (Shooters and Fishers Party 2013)

War on the environment
The O’Farrell Government has trashed environmental protections in NSW over the past two years.
ENVIRONMENTAL VANDALISM:
Abolished the Department
of Environment, Climate Change and Water

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Imposed a five year
moratorium on marine parks and allowed fishing in protected ocean areas

THE 26 YEAR BAN ON URANIUM EXPLORATION IN NSW

Allowed grazing in national
parks despite risks to flora and fauna

DUMPING 5,000 TONNES OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE
from an abandoned uranium smelter on the North Shore in Western Sydney

Cut endangered species
protection for the Yellow Bellied Glider and logged its habitat

Initiated a trial of horse riding in
wilderness areas, undermining ecological protections

Expanding duck and
quail hunting

RENEWED 22 COAL SEAM GAS EXPLORATION LICENSES IN NSW

Introduced draconian wind
farm guidelines to shut down investment in the industry

“On the key indicator of ecosystem protection, the Nature Conservation Council has marked the government with 2/10, the equivalent of an F.”
(Sydney Morning Herald, 18 March 2013)

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Worse roads higher tolls
Motorists have been let down by the O’Farrell Government – they are paying higher tolls and new charges to travel on increasingly congested roads.

SYDNEY PEAK HOUR TRAFFIC SLOWS TO A CRAWL ANZAC BRIDGE

M4

M5

M7

Average speed now just 36km/h (down 12km/h)

Average speed now just 45km/h (down 7km/h)

Average speed now 82km/h (down 9km/h)

Average speed now just 38km/h (down 3km/h)

MOTORISTS FORCED TO PAY MORE:

Higher tolls on the M2, Harbour Bridge and Tunnel Hiked up E-tag fees for drivers on the Harbour Bridge and Tunnel Hundreds of new speed cameras and mobile speed cameras Sevenfold increase in mobile speed camera operating hours 30 per cent jump in speed camera revenue

ROAD SAFETY SPENDING SLASHED:
Road Toll Response Package budget cut by half $160 million slashed from the road maintenance and safety budget 500 road maintenance workers axed

MAJOR ROAD PROJECTS UNFUNDED AND ABANDONED:
The Government has broken its pre-election promise to fund the Pacific Highway duplication
50:50 with the Commonwealth, and pushed back the 2016 deadline by years

Wasting $20 million renaming existing roads, while safety spending slashed

t frequently “While in opposition, the current NSW [Liberal] Governmen for the Pacific ng called on the NSW Labor Government to match Federal fundi To now suggest that Highway dollar-for-dollar and we supported this call too. ensure further funding should suddenly be rever ted to an 80:20 model would long delays in finally upgrading this dangerous highway.” (Wendy Machin, NRMA, 27 February 2012)

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O’Farrell Government waste
Families have been let down by the Premier’s decision to close hospital beds and cut school resources, while he is wasting billions on ministerial travel, new road names and office upgrades.

THIS YEAR THE O’FARRELL GOVERNMENT IS WASTING…

$270.5 MILLION purchasing
and upgrading cars for Ministers and top bureaucrats

OVER THIS TERM OF GOVERNMENT, THE PREMIER IS WASTING:

$35 MILLION on a cost blowout
for North West Rail Link tenders

$901 MILLION
on Ministerial and bureaucrat travel

$20 MILLION renaming roads in NSW $20 MILLION on ‘executive training’
for top bureaucrats

$256 MILLION
on Government advertising

$19 MILLION for the dangerous
plan to allow shooting in our national parks

$230 MILLION
on consultant reports

An extra $14 MILLION on functions,
events and support for Ministerial offices and government boards

$188 MILLION
on the failed regional relocation grant program

$10 MILLION reimbursing companies
who make unsuccessful bids for the North West Rail Link

$116 MILLION
on extra spending for the Premier’s own department

$5.3 MILLION delivering a tax cut
for people with their own private jetties

$4.43 MILLION on new furniture
and fittings for Treasury

$3.2 MILLION
for new Treasury officials

$1 MILLION advertising the failed
regional relocation program

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