Clayton Barr works hard for the Electorate of Cessnock in many areas, these are a few of the major areas of commitment for which he fights.
Our health system is the envy of the world, and the people of this region and this State expect us to keep it that way. That’s why I’ve fought hard against the cuts to the health system made by the Liberal/National Government, and why I will oppose any attempt to make the new Lower Hunter Hospital at Maitland privately run. I will not stand by and watch our proud health network transformed into a clone of the American system, where your ability to access health care depends on the depth of your pockets. We believe in greater fairness than that. I will also continue to argue in Macquarie Street for the recent cuts to counselling services in our region to be reversed.
The State Electorate of Cessnock has a greater proportion of people with a trade qualification than anywhere else in the State, and the lowest proportion of people with a University degree. That means we are more reliant on TAFE than anywhere else in the State, and most vulnerable to the cuts which the NSW Liberal/National Government have made to our TAFE system. I am taking the fight up to them on this.
We need to do everything we can to provide job opportunities for our local people, and to assure their safety and security at work. There is no excuse to send a Government contract overseas when local businesses are battling and local people are being laid off. A product that costs a little more but provides work, skills, knowledge and innovation here in New South Wales is worth every cent. I will continue to call for local businesses and local workers to get the support they deserve from this NSW Liberal/National Government.
The NSW Liberal/National Government must provide opportunity for every person in New South Wales to do their absolute best. With a fair and equitable health system, an education system which provides a variety of avenues for people to learn skills, and a focus on generating quality, secure employment, we can provide those opportunities. My undertaking to you as State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock is that I am working every day to make sure that our Electorate does not miss out on any of those things.