Category Archives: Policies

In the 50’s we did not sell our hospitals to pay the bills

In the 50’s we drove FC Holdens. We did not sell our hospitals to pay the bills. Both the state Liberal and Labor parties tried to do this at RNSH … the electorates major teaching hospital. This was prevented by community action. Please consider voting for Stephen in Saturday’s federal election for the seat of North Sydney. We need an elected representative who will act in the best interests of our community, not their political party. For more information see http://drsruff.org.12316455_1513533265612452_6552034602617577065_n

Why should we have to march in the streets?

Why did the Liberal and Labor governments try to sell the RNSH campus, a teaching hospital of national importance? In the 1900’s, our community put in place a campus that grew into a major teaching hospital which serves 1:6 of the NSW population. In one generation (starting with the land sale in the 1990s under the Greiner Liberal Government), that vision was lost. Major academic institutions across the world like Harvard and the University of Glasgow would not exist if they were not nurtured. If it had not been for community action, almost a third of the campus would have been lost. Please consider voting for Stephen in this Saturdays federal by-election for the seat of North Sydney. We need a representative who will act in the best interests of our community.  For more information see http://drsruff.org/.   At the same time, the South Australian government spent $2.3 billion on the Royal Adelaide Hospital. A building that is allegedly the third most expensive building in the world.  Even now the capacity of the RNSH hospital is insufficient, and the redevelopment has not been fully funded.

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Mr Turnbull and the “world wide wait”

Australia has dropped down to 48th place in a global average broadband connection speed rankings list published by Akamai Technologies (1).

The Liberal government is keen to promote North Sydney as a centre for innovation. They claim that their focus innovation will allow Australia to remain competitive in a world that embraces digital technologies. And yet under their leadership, Australian Internet connectivity has fallen to speeds not much above Third World countries.  Mr. Turnbull bears particular responsibility for this as he was Minister for Communications prior to his current appointment as Prime Minister.  Stephen understands the importance of secure, fast Internet connectivity to all sectors of our economy.  If elected to Canberra, he will be a strong advocate for reform in this area.

(1)  Akamai. (2015). Akamai’s [state of the internet] – Q4 2015 report.

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Stop before it is too late

“No further open cut mining or coal seam gas drilling should be permitted in residential or good agricultural land. Our long-term future as the food bowl of Asia is more important than coal. In terms of global warming, it is true other countries can replace Australian coal but nothing can replace the loss of good agricultural land in the Hunter Valley or the Liverpool Plains.” For more information about Stephen’s policies see http://drsruff.org

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Medicare

Medicare is one of our country’s great achievements. It ensures that we can all access health services when we need them, regardless of income. It needs to be preserved at all costs.  The United States spends 17.1% of its gross domestic product on health (1).  Despite this, Gallup estimated in July 2014 that the uninsured rate for adults (persons 18 years of age and over) was 13.4% .  A figure which would suggest that 40 million people do not have adequate access to healthcare (2).  We do not need such an inequitable system in Australia.

  1. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.TOTL.ZS
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_insurance_coverage_in_the_United_States

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Stop it at the start.

Violence against women and their children is a serious issue in Australia. Stephen strongly supports the federal government campaign to prevent violence against women and their children.

  • 1 in 3 women has been a victim of physical or sexual violence, since the age of 15, by someone known to them. (2012 Personal Safety Survey, ABS)
  • 1 in 4 women have been emotionally abused by a partner. (2012 Personal Safety Survey, ABS)
  • 1 woman dies almost every week at the hands of a current or former partner. (2015 Australian Institute of Criminology report)

There is a clear link between violence towards women and attitudes of disrespect and gender inequality.  Need to do everything we can to prevent this in our community. #auspol #drruff

See https://www.respect.gov.au/

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Commitment on local democracy.

Today, Stephen met with Phil Jenkyl OAM.  Phil is co-convenor of the Save Hunters Hill Municipality Coalition and a member of the Save Our Councils Coalition (SOCC) committee. Stephen made a personal commitment to:

  • Support and respect local democracy.
  • Oppose forced amalgamations.
  • Ensure a proper referendum if there is a merger proposal.

See https://savehuntershill.wordpress.com/

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