Dr. Stephen Ruff, Independent Candidate for North Sydney.
Stephen will be contesting the seat of North Sydney in the upcoming Federal Election. In the recent by-election, a 10% swing in the two-party preferred vote would have defeated the current member. His primary platform was to oppose the sale of the southern portion of the Royal North Shore Hospital Campus. This appears to have been successful, given the recent government announcement to retain this land. Work still needs to be done to ensure that the redevelopment of the campus is be funded and that there is a sensible plan for expansion of the campus as the population of Northern Sydney increases in the decades to come.
Stephen’s motivation for standing is mainly his concern for the mismanagement of public health policy, particularly the future of the North Shore Hospital. Information on a wide range of policies including the economy, the environment, trade treaties, energy, transport, education, immigration, open government, reform of politicians’ entitlements and constitutional reform, are provided on his website http://drsruff.org.
Sydney has been held by a member of the Liberal Party or its predecessor for all but six years of its existence. Between 1990 and 1996 it was held by Ted Mack. Ted is the only person to have been elected and re-elected as an independent to local, state and Federal government in Australia. He is widely considered to be the “father of the independents” in this country. We are fortunate to have Ted as a member of our community and as a strong supporter of Stephen’s campaign. He has demonstrated that the electorate will support a talented individual as our representative in government. A person who is free to represent our community and not the national agenda of the major parties.
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North Sydney has been held by a member of the Liberal Party or its predecessor for all but six years of its existence (1). Between 1990 and 1996 it was held by Ted Mack.
Ted is the only person ever to have been elected and re-elected as an independent to local, state and federal government in Australia. He is widely considered to be the “father of the independents” in this country. Ted still lives in the electorate with his wife Wendy and is one of Stephen’s strongest supporters.
(1) Wikipedia. (2016). Division of North Sydney. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Division_of_North_Sydney
The LHD have announced that the Government will not be selling the land on the Southern Campus (1). The land will remain fully owned by the Government. Therefore, this appears to be great news. Carol Pollock and Andrew Montague also stated that there were no plans to sell any other land on the hospital campus and also no penalties imposed as a result of the land not being sold. One rider attached to this announcement is that the government still plan to build a building (that they will pay for) to house the Ministry of Health, Agency for Clinical Innovation, Health Infrastructure, and several other government departments (see attached documents) and importantly it will also include Childcare. With this decision, the Master Plan Advisory Committee can now get to work in determining how to provide the other remaining support services on the hospital campus that still haven’t got a home. On behalf of the community, our patients, family and friends I would like to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly and selflessly over many years on this campaign. Well done. We can all get back to doing what we do best and in so doing continue to make Royal North Shore Hospital a great place for health care.
(1) Government Property NSW. (2014). EOI for Purchase (Freehold/Leasehold) of RNSH Masterplan Land. Government Property NSW. Retrieved from https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/dfs/?event=public.rft.showArchived&RFTUUID=BFE2A060-F931-8E95-F58DB25AD71BDE95
(2) Pollock, C., & Montague, A. (2016). NSW Government decision on Southern Campus of RNS Hospital. NSLHD Memo. Retrieved from https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B-1Xw70aMHstSUVaRXdCWDhtSlE