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It was my pleasure to meet with the team at Dufty Automotive Services with the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association and Repco this morning.
It was interesting to hear about some of the difficulties their industry is currently facing, and I am definitely determined to support our local small businesses.
We need to support Independent Traders in accessing motor vehicle data available to each car’s computer systems, and introduce greater transparency into this vital industry.
Companies as such as Dufty’s have been employing local people and training apprentices in our region for for generations, and they certainly have my support!

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It was such a pleasure to meet with Wil Cullen, Melanie Cullen, Kirrilly White and Noah Hill. Wil,Kirrilly and Noah all have type 1 diabetes and they came to see me on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations push for research funds to find a cure.

Treatments are rapidly improving but ultimately we need a cure.

Wil and Noah are such wonderful kids I hope to see a time when they won’t have to deal with diabetes.

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It was an honour open Primrose Cottage yesterday, a new overnight respite centre that will provide a much needed break for many families who are full time carers for people with disabilities.

This is a great asset for our community - my only concern is that the demand will exceed its capacity.

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I attended the Labor friends of the subcontinent media dinner tonight. I am with my very good friend Anne Stanley and these fantastic Labor women Prue Car MP - Member for Londonderry, Charishma Kalyanda and Aisha Amjad.

We heard some great speeches from Chris Bowen, Jason Clare, Michelle Rowland MP, Luke Foley and Ryan Park for Keira.

It was great to catch up with NSW MP’s Liesl Tesch MP, Daniel Mookhey MLCand Hon Peter Primrose MLC.

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The NDIS is fantastic social policy maintaining our commitment to many people with a wide range of disabilities, however there have been problems in the role out and it is very important that we address these issues as soon as possible.

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Healthcare is increasingly becoming more expensive and less accessible for everyday Australians. People are having to pay more out of pocket costs while the government continues to freeze medicare rebates.

Medicare was created to ensure that every Australian would have access to the healthcare they need.

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Yesterday I met with John Jeffries (CEO) and Dr Heidi Nichol and Sally Missing from Emerge Australia representing patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
There are certainly controversies about diagnosis but we must develop better pathways for care and support .
Better research and educational support are vital.

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I met up with my friend Dr Raymond Blackman and his colleagues; Dr Rowan Porter(ophthalmologist) and Lyndall De Marco who run the IDEAS Truck which takes high level eye care to remote communities.

Raymond is a Palm Island man who runs the GP clinic on the island and understands the importance of the social determinants of health. I applaud him for his commitment to his community.

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Over the summer period we saw the great inadequacy of both our transport network and the NSW transport Minister Andrew Constance. The public transport in South West Sydney and Macarthur in particular has been put on the back burner for far too long.
With a new airport being being built at Badgerys Creek we need a rail line to the airport from day 1!! and at the moment the Transport Minister is standing in the way.

Sing my petition below to see a rail line to the airport on day 1.
https://drmikefreelander.com.au/…/badgerys-creek-train-line/

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A new school year begins, a new political year is about to start.

It has been fun going to a variety of schools welcoming the kids (and teachers 👩‍🏫 👨‍🏫) back to school.

The kids, as usual, are excited and fresh and happy. I have noticed however, many of our public schools are looking quite old, tired and in need of repair (or replacement).

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I will do my best to make sure we improve educational funding to give our kids the best education we can provide for them.

Politically, it will be an interesting year.
I will continue to focus on infrastructure, particularly transport infrastructure, and will reiterate my commitment to:

1) the rail link to Western Sydney Airport to be open of day one of operation
2) planning and preservation of a rail corridor from Campbelltown to Penrith/St Mary’s
3) completion of the Maldon/Dombarton rail link to Wollongong.

In health, I am commmitted to
1) a national child health policy
2) equitable access to affordable health care for all Australians and in particular to reduce out of pocket expenses
3) public health policies that ensure a healthier future for us all.

Clearly, there are many other areas that Labor is committed to improve such as the provision of affordable housing, improved wages growth, reduction in family violence (and better support facilities), better coordinated mental health support and improved local job opportunities with support for local businesses.

I am optimistic about the future for Macarthur.
Please contact my office if I can help in any way! 😊
-Mike

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Humbled to have been visited by Brad De Platter who together with his son Jason raised $20,000 for research into childhood cancer by taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge!

I wrote congratulating Brad and Jason on their cycling accomplishments and was pleasantly surprised to see the face from the paper in my office.

As a paediatrician, I know how vital these funds are to support the 600 Australian children who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Thanks again Brad and Jason for your tireless work! 🚲👏🏼

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It was my pleasure to present the blokes down at the Airds Bradbury Men's Shed with new Australian flags yesterday morning!
It's always good to catch up with Andrew and the team - they do some fantastic work in our local community and I am eternally grateful for their service.

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The best thing we can give our children is a great education.
We are so lucky to have such dedicated teachers in Macarthur and I welcome them back to school today.

Good luck to all the children back to school this week, including my grandchildren.

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A special good luck to my twin grandchildren, Verity & Hamish, who will be starting kindergarten on Friday.

This year will be a great year!!💪

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Congratulations to all those who received Australia Day Honours today including:
John Ryan
Theo DeChaufepie
Wayne Benson
John Murray...
Congratulations also to our Local Champions :
David Funnell(Camden Citizen of the year)
Jody Scott(Campbelltown Citizen of the year)
Congratulations to all the other award winners but a special mention to Everyone can Dance who have helped my patients so much!
Congratulations to all those who became citizens today; it was a special day that has brought us all closer and a great privilege to be there with you.
Thank you.

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Enjoying this summer weather and giving the gardens in front of my office a much needed drink during lunch today! 👨🏼‍🌾

If you’re working outdoors be sure to drink plenty of water and stay sun safe, it’s a scorcher!☀️

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Last night I had a great time at the 40th anniversary of my graduation in medicine.
Our careers have been predicated on the great Labor reform of Medibank,later Medicare. The people in this room have made an enormous contribution to healthcare in Australia and it was a great privilege to be there with them. Thanks so much to Andrew Byrne for organizing it all.

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