The newly anointed NSW Labor candidate for the state seat of Tweed, Ron Goodman, wasted no time in trying to wedge incumbent MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) over a paid parking proposal for Tweed Hospital.
Goodman is demanding that details be released and wants an explanation to why there has been no public consultation.
Mr Goodman said ‘It is an arrogant money grabbing exercise by the Nationals and shows how out of touch they have become.
‘Patients – many of them elderly – and their families have to drive and they will now have to pay for parking. They will have no choice.’
Until recently Goodman, 41, was the editor of www.mydailynews.com.au (APN) and before that worked at Quest newspapers (Newscorp) in Brisbane for ten years.
When asked what he thought were Labor’s weaknesses, Goodman laughed and said he ‘wouldn’t buy into that,’ but said that he wanted to contribute to the party to make it better and believed strongly in their core values.
Goodman will contest Mr Provest’s seat of Tweed in the upcoming 2015 NSW election.
Tweed deputy mayor and Labor councillor Michael Armstrong also hit out at the move.
‘Only last week Tweed shire National Party councillors Warren Polglase and Phil Youngblutt tried to force up rates on those in our community who simply can’t afford it and now we have the state Nationals MP Geoff Provest trying to force paid parking on us,’ Cr Armstrong said.
‘To hit those who work with or who visit the sick or dying in our hospitals is clearly only about revenue raising by a heartless Liberal-National state government.
‘When people get sick or injured and they need to go to hospital the last thing they need is to be slugged with paid parking,’ Cr Armstrong said.