Rural Fire Service allocations

The Kyogle News November 01

Rural Fire Service allocations

I appreciate the support provided to the following Councils by Minister Bob Debus for Rural Fire Services; Kyogle $675,503 Richmond Valley $841,430 Tenterfield $582,259

Deregulation of the Dairy Industry

Last week in Parliament the report into the Dairy Deregulation Impact and Assessment Committee was tabled. Anyone interested in requesting a copy can do so by contacting my office.

Nurses Action

Nurses across the State went on strike last Thursday calling for better pay and conditions. Thousands of nurses marched on Parliament House in Sydney and rallies were held in many rural and regional areas. I attended the rally, while Premier Carr and Health Minister, Craig Knowles, refused to address the rally. The critical shortage of nurses in rural communities is of utmost concern and is hampering the health system's ability to provide adequate and suitable care to patients. The Carr Government must immediately increase hospital funding to improve conditions and give nurses a fair hearing on wage claims. Nurses should be properly recognised for the wonderful work they do in our community.

Our Troops

May I express the Lismore electorate's best wishes and prayers for our Army, Navy and Air Force personnel engaged in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan. So far, Australians have watched the British and United States forces carry the fight; however, the war impacts on all of us as the Coalition Forces (including Australia) move into position for the next phase. Our prayers are with them and their families as they depart our shores.

Debits Tax

The debits tax will be abolished in NSW on January 1, 2002. The debits tax is levied on every bank and credit account linked to cheque-drawing facilities and is worth $315 million a year.

Reports and Awards

The following are available from my office upon request -
Review into Offices of the Protective Commissioner and Public Guardian.
Premier's Seniors Achievement Awards - These awards are to recognise seniors for their contribution in the development of our community, and for their leadership and initiative.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.