The last couple of weeks have been depressing to say the least, actually, depressing is an understatement.
As you are all no doubt aware, NSW, in fact the whole country was rocked by the Quakers Hill Nursing Home fire, on Friday 18th November.
I don’t use the term hero lightly, but all of the emergency service personnel who put themselves in harms way that day, are heroes. Every damn one of them.
As for the victims, I cannot imagine the horror of what those trapped in the burning home must have felt.
Imagine waking up with the searing heat against your face, trying to find your way out of the building through smoke so thick you could not see your hand in front of your face, the smoke choking you, every breath burning your lungs as you drew in air so thick with smoke it must have felt like inhaling boiling custard, your ears ringing with the roar of the fire, and the screams of your friends as they burned…. now imagine your grandmother coping with it. It must have been like they imagined hell to be.
The death toll from the fire so far is 10. These were 10 of our most vulnerable citizens, many over 90 years of age, Even for those who survived and are still in hospital, bodies that old don’t heal so quickly, if at all, and suffering from 3rd degree burns is no way to spend the final days, months, or years of your life.
Words of comfort streamed in, from our Prime Minister, and from all over the country.
The NSW Premier, Barry O’Farrell was quick to offer his sympathy and support to the victims, and also to offer his praises for the emergency services who attended, the police, firefighters, paramedics, and the nurses caring for the victims.
How hollow Barry O’Farrell’s words must have seemed to those emergency service crews, and to the nurses.
For a Premier to praise these people, these heroes, whilst stabbing them in the back at the same time is totally unprecedented.
These heroes are just some of the many having their future entitlements stripped away by the NSW Liberal Government. For a government that won the election based on a fear campaign of households being unable to cope with cost of living increases under Labor, this Liberal government has put through industrial relations reforms that guarantee these paramedics, nurses, firefighters, as well as tens of thousands of other public service workers, won’t cope with cost of living increases, such as the 18% increase in electricity O’Farrell announced when delivering the budget deficit… I guess that is why Sydney saw the biggest protest in Australia this century, more than 30,000 people protesting against this unfair bill. These were not students protesting either, this was families, bitter at being betrayed by the most arrogant Premier NSW has ever seen.
Luckily the police were spared this travesty when the Shooters And Fishers Party used their balance of power to force the Liberals, kicking and screaming, to remove the police force from this disgrace of a bill.
However, Barry O’Farrell was determined in his efforts to screw over the police force. So the Liberal Party put forward another bill that would slash the compensation for police officers injured or disabled on the job.
In fact, just 4 days after the horrific fire, and even as more of its victims were dying in hospital, Barry O’Farrell continued to defy the police he had been praising just days earlier. The police in a desperate bid for a Liberal government to show some decency protested outside Parliament House. Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione had begged for the officers to not protest in uniform as it would embarrass the government. The police clearly thought this was a government that deserved to be shamed and embarrassed, and so 5000 police showed up at the protest, the majority in uniform.
This bill is to save money, and the Premier and Minister are quite open about it saying that the scheme costs too much to keep in its current form. The changes have a massive impact on those officers who are the most critically injured, taking their rate of pay under the compensation scheme from 100% of salary, to 65% of salary, after a period of a few months.
This change to the compensation scheme, actually punishes those with the worst injuries. With friends like Barry O’Farrell, the police certainly don’t need enemies. These men and women are involved in high speed pursuits, shoot outs, drug raids, hostage scenarios, riots and brawls, all the things most people would avoid at all costs, they are asked to perform the dirtiest of deeds daily. Clearly there will be physical injuries.
As for psychological trauma, remember these people are the first on the scene when some loser cuts his kids throats in a custody battle, these are the people who are first to question and counsel children after they have been molested by a paedophile, and they are also the first to arrive on the scene to try and save your young children from the back of your burning car after you have had a head on smash with a drunk driver whilst going on holidays.
Dealing with these things repeatedly, I’d be a basket case…
This bill is cost cutting gone mad, any member of the Liberal Party should hang their heads in shame. Whether you support them or not, in the past the Liberal Party at least had some decency. Now after promoting several of his MP’s to Parliamentary Secretary positions, with a big pay rise to go with it, Barry will now recoup that money from injured police officers.
Barry O’Farrell tells us the changes are to help them back into work.
What a load of shit.
Is this our Premier trying to politely say that these injured cops are just bludging off the taxpayer? The only way to get them off their bludging butts is to take away 35% of their compensation payment? What an utterly disgraceful thing to suggest.
This is an insult to the police who are suffering brain injuries, and spinal injuries and need constant nursing and medical attention. Or is Barry hoping that those on 65% compensation may be forced back to work, only to sit in wheelchairs at busy intersections directing traffic with a nurse on standby. This is heartless at best, and is a bitter betrayal to those who have served their community faithfully.
There are words for people like Barry that I won’t go into here, but needless to say, none of them are flattering.
However, it’s not just NSW that is suffering.
In Victoria, the Liberal Baillieu government has driven the nurses into the streets in protest.
Once again we have a Liberal government taking some of the hardest working amongst us, and totally destroying their entitlements and conditions. These are the very people we rely on for care and comfort when we are at our most needy. These nurses have one of the toughest jobs imaginable, dealing with blood, tears, shit, piss, puke, and death on a daily basis…
Quite simply, they deserve our respect, and they deserve a hell of a lot better.
I sincerely hope those of you in Queensland are taking note of what is going on in the southern states. Do yourselves a favour, stop and think, is this what you want from your government?
And if you are a public servant and vote for the Coalition, then I’m sorry, but you are a bloody idiot.
In this life there are those who strive to help those in need, and whose life is dedicated to helping others when they are at their most vulnerable…
Unfortunately there are others who will endeavour to cripple these saviors, just to save a buck or 2… I think NSW and Victoria may think twice before voting for these bastards again.Follow @madwixxy