Office address: 2/12 Elgin Street, Maitland NSW 2320 | Mail: PO Box 920, Maitland NSW 2320

Phone: 02 4933 1617 | Fax: 02 4933 4782 | Email: maitland@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Jay Suvaal, Country Labor Party, 9/377 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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PETITION: Keep our hospitals publicly operated and in public hands

This petition of citizens of the Hunter Region of NSW brings to the attention of the House the current NSW Coalition Government’s proposal for the new Maitland hospital to be fully operated by a private provider.

As citizens we are concerned about previous failures when vital services were privatised in our health system. This experience is not isolated to NSW, but across the country and internationally. In the past where privatisations have failed, governments have had to step in and spend considerable amounts of taxpayers’ money to ensure these essential services continue to be provided to the community. A recent example of this was the Port Macquarie hospital, which had to be bought back and was "subsequently paid for twice and then given away", according to the Auditor General of the day.

 

We are also aware of the NSW Coalition Government’s recent cancellation of the contract with a private operator at the Royal North Shore hospital because of the risk to patient care.

 

As citizens of the Hunter Region of NSW we are calling on the NSW Coalition Government to ensure that our hospitals are publicly operated and kept in public hands.

To support this important issue please download and print the petition here and return the original signed copies to my office.

PETITION: 1800RESPECT

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled.

 

This petition of the citizens of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House our concern that Women’s Health Centres and Women’s Counselling Services are vital for providing early intervention assistance to victims of domestic violence.

 

Women and their families leaving domestic violence need assistance with counselling, case management, housing and many other social services.

 

Premier Baird and the NSW Government cut funding to a number of these services on 1 July 2016, forcing them to sack essential domestic violence caseworkers and counsellors, and leaving women and their children who are ineligible for the Government’s Staying Home Leaving Violence program with no assistance to help them escape from domestic violence. Women and their families leaving domestic violence need assistance with counselling, case management, housing and many other social services.

 

To support this important issue please download and print the petition here and return the original signed copies to my office.

PETITION: It's Time for Action on sexual assault on campus

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of NSW. The petition of residents of NSW brings to the attention of the House that urgent action is needed to stop sexual assault on university and TAFE campuses across NSW.

We (the undersigned) ask the Legislative Assembly to call on the Government to bring about action on the issue of sexual assault on campus through supporting the following:

  • Mandatory consent training for staff and residents of residential colleges.

  • A standard sexual assault reporting model which recognises the rule of law.

  • Specialised services for victims of sexual assault on campus.

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PETITION: Beresfield Police Station

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled.

 

The Petition of residents of Beresfield and surrounding suburbs brings to the attention of the House their concerns about reduced police presence in Beresfield and the limited opening hours of Beresfield Police Station. In 2009 in response to community concerns, the opening hours were increased from one day a week to two days a week, and residents were informed that an assessment would be undertaken by police. The opening hours have since been reduced again to one day a week.

 

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to ensure that

  1. Beresfield Police Station becomes a full time police station

  2. Local police presence in Beresfield increases

  3. There is extensive community consultation by police when making assessments of opening hours and police presence in Beresfield

To support this important issue please download and print the petition here and return the original signed copies to my office.

One in four women in Australia has experienced sexual assault and/ or domestic violence. Men and children can also be victims.


1800RESPECT provides telephone and on-line counselling by specialist domestic violence and sexual assault trauma counsellors, employed by the Rape & Domestic Violence Service Australia (RDVSA), regarded internationally as the world’s best service.

From 1 August 2016 the federal government chose to fund a private, multinational health insurance company (MHS) to “triage” calls. This means that victims of rape and violence must talk to a call centre instead of immediately speaking with a specialist consellor. Now MHS has announced that it will put the specialist counselling service out to tender.
Victims of rape and domestic violence need the support of specialist counsellors not a call centre run at the lowest possible tender price.


The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to support funding Rape and Domestic Violence Service Australia to provide 1800RESPECT – the only specialist, national 24/7 rape and domestic violence counselling service. We call for sustainable funding to enable RDVSA to employ sufficient specialist counsellors and to purchase sufficient equipment to answer all calls to its service. 

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PETITION: Restore funding to domestic violence caseworkers and counsellors

PETITION: Office of State Revenue Jobs

REVERSE DECISION TO RELOCATE 40 OSR JOBS TO GOSFORD
To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled.


This petition of the citizens of New South Wales brings to the attention of the House our concern that the New South Wales Government is moving more than 40 Office of State Revenue (OSR) jobs out of Maitland and relocating them to Gosford, at a time when the Hunter Region is suffering from high levels of unemployment as a result of the decline of the mining industry.

 

We, the undersigned call on the NSW Government to commit to regional jobs and the local Hunter economy by immediately reversing its decision and keep over 40 OSR jobs in Maitland.

To support this important issue please download and print the petition here and return the original signed copies to my office.

PETITION: POLICE NUMBERS

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled.

 

The Petition of residents of the Hunter and surrounding suburbs brings to the attention of the House their concerns about the under resourcing of police numbers in Local Area Commands across the Hunter and the limitations this places on police responses to crimes in suburbs across the Hunter especially in regional areas.

 

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to ensure that

  1. Police numbers in all Local Area Commands across the Hunter be increased significantly

  2. Local police presence in suburbs across the Hunter increases

  3. There is a significant increase in resources provided to all aspects of policing in the Hunter.


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PETITION: MAITLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled.

 

The Petition of the citizens of New South Wales respectfully brings to the attention of the House their concerns over the lack of schools to meet the needs of the growing student population of Maitland. Siblings are being forced to attend separate schools as a result of the lack of available places. High schools within the region are at maximum capacity and children from feeder primary schools are being denied enrolment or opportunities to submit out of zone enrolment applications.

 

Maitland is the fastest growing city outside of Sydney in New South Wales with over 15% growth at the last census. An average of 5 people a day move to Maitland. The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Legislative Assembly to ensure provision of a new public high school and primary school in Maitland with capacity to meet the current and growing demand within the region.

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To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales.

 

This Petition of the citizens of New South Wales respectfully raises concerns over the intersection of Raymond Terrace Road and Haussman Drive Thornton NSW.

 

The local community is aware of significant safety risks to drivers at the intersection and believes current RMS statistics understate the crash history. Maitland is one of the fastest growing areas in NSW and the recent residential developments at Chisholm and Thornton north have also contributed to heavier traffic and increased use of the intersection. The local council has acknowledged awareness of the significant concerns regarding this intersection and in the past reviewed improvement options for Haussman Drive but no action has been taken to date on the State managed Raymond Terrace Road.

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PETITION: FIX RAYMOND TERRACE RD AND HAUSSMAN DR INTERSECTION