The Kyogle News May 01
Parliament is in recess for most of this month, however there is one week's
session at the end of May.
An Interim Report of the Impact of Dairy Deregulation and Assessment
Committee was tabled in Parliament recently and copies are available upon
Hospital Quality of Care and Value for Money
A General Purpose Standing Committee, chaired by The Hon Dr Brian Pezzutti
is calling for submissions to its inquiry into the quality of care for public
patients and value for money in major non-metropolitan hospitals. Public
participation is being encouraged and the Committee is inviting written
submissions from interested persons and organisations. The closing date is 18
May 2001. Terms of reference and further information is available upon request.
Country Shows - Country Halls
In Parliament last month I had the opportunity of highlighting the financial
struggle of Show Societies, in meeting rising ongoing running costs. To the
individual rural communities the annual show means so much more than an annual
cash injection. Shows provide a focal point for many of the far-flung
communities in rural and regional NSW. It is their window of local achievement -
from livestock to sewing, preserving of jam, cake making and lots more. I am
concerned about the decline in shows, being experienced both locally and
regionally. Many country people are just too busy trying to make ends meet to
dedicate the hours necessary to running shows. A large contingent of voluntary
workers enable shows to function and assist in the survival of community halls.
I have asked Minister Amery to acknowledge the difficulties being faced and to
increase funding meet increasing costs of maintaining showgrounds and community
Workers Compensation changes
A number of people have conveyed to me their concerns about the Workers
Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2001. The Opposition has renewed its
call for an open judicial inquiry. An inquiry would ensure that all future
decisions taken on workers compensation reform are based on the best information
and research available.