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  • PM Live: Education
  • Motorists slugged with M4 toll
  • Fairfield Hospital Inquiry Gagged
  • Linda Burney is right
  • International Women's Day

PM Live: Education

Friday, 24 March 2017

Motorists slugged with M4 toll

Friday, 24 March 2017

Forcing motorists an extra $2000 per year to use the M4 is a disgrace. Premier Berejiklian should understand that Western Sydney families are under enough financial pressure as it is.

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Thursday, 09 March 2017

A motion calling for NSW Health to explain two deaths in the Fairfield Hospital maternity ward before the NSW Parliament was gagged by the Berejiklian Government today, who used a ‘filibuster’ to prevent having to come clean about the tragedy. 


The motion, submitted by Hugh McDermott MP, called for the immediate release of details surrounding the unplanned deaths in December 2015 at Fairfield Hospital's maternity unit which have been referred to the Clinical Excellence Commission and the NSW Coroner for investigation.


NSW Health is yet to confirm whether the deaths were infants or mothers.


However, the Berejiklian Government ran down the clock to push the Fairfield Hospital motion off the agenda. In response, Dr McDermott will use a ‘Private Member’s Statement’ to demand the immediate release of details surrounding the unplanned deaths.


By convention, the Government will not receive a detailed response but can continue to hide the details of the deaths.


Dr McDermott’s speech will take place late early Thursday evening. 



Quotes attributable to State Member for Prospect Hugh McDermott:


“Our community demands transparency over what caused these tragedies and what the Government is doing to ensure it never happens again. In response, all we have been given is a disgraceful, political cover-up.


“We deserve to know why patients died preventable deaths in our hospital’s maternity ward.


 “The only information we have is the leaked minutes of a District Health Board meeting that suggest that the tragedies were linked to under resourcing.


“The Berejiklian Government is more interested in protecting its political standing than accepting responsibility and ensuring that there are no more preventable deaths in our hospital.


“I fully respect the privacy of the families affected by these tragedies and will not ask for names. However, NSW Health needs to release a statement identifying the age of the victims and the cause of the deaths.



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Linda Burney is right

Thursday, 09 March 2017

Debate with Peta Credlin on Paul Murray Live regarding decision by Linda Burney to refer privacy breaches to the Australian Federal Police.



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International Women's Day

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Today is International Women's Day. Globally, women are paid less than men, are under-represented in business and politics, and in many places have less access to healthcare and education than men. This needs to change.

"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights" - Gloria Steinem.

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Photo: Hugh with Jewish, Labor and union leaders

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Hugh is honoured to have joined leaders from the Jewish community at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ Labor-Union Shabbat.

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

NSW Wastewatch Committee Chair, Hugh McDermott MP has demanded the Premier order an immediate audit of Jillian Skinner’s Parliamentary entitlements, after details emerged that the former Health Minister spent thousands of dollars on sending a 6-page glossy newsletter to every household in her electorate just days after officially resigning from the Parliament.  


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Shadow Minster for Roads Jodi McKay has joined Western Sydney MPs today, along the M4, to urge motorists to make a submission to an upcoming inquiry into road tolling in NSW.


The Upper House inquiry will look at how tolls are set, including how the fee, duration and increases are determined. It will take submissions until 28 February 2017.

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Motion: More Parking for Pendle Hill

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Hugh is pushing for the size of the  proposed commuter carpark in Pendle Hill to be increased.

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Each day in Australia four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and three will die from the disease. Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer and there has been very little improvement in survival in the past 20 years.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms, risks and impact of ovarian cancer, as well as to raise funds for our work in support, awareness, advocacy and research. For more info: 



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Photo: 1st Smithfield Scouts

Monday, 20 February 2017

Hugh with the 1st Smithfield Scouts -- enjoying their new multipurpose court funded by a NSW Government grant supported by Hugh last year. 

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