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We climbed to the Hilltop - John Tingle and David Cook

The Hilltop Sporting Complex in the Illawarra has been a 38-year labour of love for Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party founder John Tingle and long time party member David Cook.

This Government has tried to claim it's success as their own.

See the article for John Tingle's personal story of the trials and tribulations of the Hilltop Sporting Complex.

Liberals and Nationals vote against regional hospital boost - Media Release

19 September 2019

Media release: Liberals and Nationals vote against regional hospital boost

Following an ABC Four Corners episode highlighting tragedies in regional hospitals, the Liberals and Nationals voted down a motion to boost regional healthcare funding in NSW Parliament on Wednesday.

The public interest debate motion, led by Murray SFF MP Helen Dalton, called on NSW Parliament to recognise the crisis in regional healthcare, audit all regional hospital to identify gaps in services and commit to boost funding to fill these gaps.

In response, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard moved to delete the entire wording of Mrs Dalton’s motion and replace it with a motion stating the NSW Government has done more than any other government in history to improve regional healthcare.

He also attacked Mrs Dalton personally, saying she was too argumentative.

“Mr Speaker, if you want to find out how sick someone is, what’s the first thing you should check?” Mrs Dalton said in her speech.

“Their blood pressure? Temperature? Pulse? Heart beat?”

“No, the first thing you should check is their postcode”

“Because in NSW, where you live, determines how long you will live”

“ABC’s Four Corners brought [a] crisis into the spotlight last week. In regional hospitals across Australia, people are dying early due to one thing, lack of funding,”

“Twenty years ago, people in regional NSW actually lived longer, on average, than those in Sydney,”

“In my part of the world, Murrumbidgee, we now die five years earlier. In the far west, it’s a six-year death gap.”

“If this government can build a $500 million Broken Hill pipeline in less than a year, bypassing all due process, there’s no reason why nearby regional hospitals should be waiting more than decade for much needed upgrades”.  

Mrs Dalton highlighted a number of problems in regional hospitals she said were related directly to lack of funding, including the fact Leeton hospital has been without a single doctor on-call for 12 of the past 14 days.

Independent Wagga MP Joe McGirr, a doctor, also spoke in favour of the motion. But Mr Hazzard’s amended wording was passed 48-42 by the House.

Roy Butler MP – Member for Barwon calls for immediate independent audit of Rural and Regional Public Hospitals


SFF support farmers in control of feral animals on private land!

Have a read of SFF Party Leader Robert Borsak statement below and why he believes Farmers should be in control of feral animals on their private land. 



Liberals and Nationals vote against water royal commission

The Liberal-National Government has denied regional communities the opportunity for transparency, voting down a motion for a Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall supports Animal Rights Terrorists

Mark Banasiak has schooled the Minister for Agriculture after he requested an inquiry into the exhibition of exotic animals in circuses and the exhibition of cetaceans.



Deer control in NSW

Robert Borsak has supported today's announcement by the NSW Government of a proposal to allow property owners to shoot deer without a game licence on private property.

Patients injuring themselves due to staff shortages in country hospitals

Patients are injuring themselves in country hospitals due to chronic nursing staff shortages, says Shooters, Fishers and Farmers MP Mark Banasiak

Government must level playing field to save regional TV stations

The NSW and federal governments must stop crying crocodile tears about the closure of regional TV newsrooms, and start to do something about it, says Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party leader Robert Borsak.

Budget delivers big for Sydney, scraps for the bush

The NSW Government has delivered a Sydney-centric budget that fails to deliver for rural and regional areas, says the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

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