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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 17, 2008 7 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Why I spoke out: D'Amore FIONA BRADY Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore wants North Strathfield railway station upgraded. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY ~PP167244 ''I'M the elected member. ''I'm elected by the people. ''It's up to me to stand up to the government.'' Nearly a fortnight after she hit the headlines for her public dressing-down of her own party's leadership, fiery Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore is still refusing to be gagged. The angry backbencher told the Inner-West Weekly that it was the Iemma Government's disregard of urgent needs in her electorate that had driven her to speak out. ''I know (Drummoyne) is one of many seats but I think we're realistic about it and we know what the priorities are,'' she said. ''We don't go with 100 priorities. ''We go with the top three or four priorities for our area.'' One urgent priority, Ms D'Amore said, was an upgrade of North Strathfield railway station. The station had no disability or pram access and Ms D'Amore, a mother of one, said she was em- barrassed when she handed out leaflets at the station and saw mothers struggle to lift their prams up steps. She also believed the station, which was in an area of popu- lation growth, had potential for a commuter car park and bus inter- change to take the pressure off busy Strathfield station. But despite lobbying for such an upgrade since she was first elected five years ago, North Strathfield station remains an access blackspot. ''It's things like that where I've gone 'enough'; where I thought the ministers just weren't listening and the government wasn't listen- ing,'' she said. ''And I think, too, with the polls, it has to be a wake-up call for the government to say, it's not just about making announcements. ''People don't believe it any more. They want to see action. ''They want to see timeframes already being looked at. ''And as a backbencher, that's my role to hold them account- able.'' Premier referred to ICAC THE State Opposition has asked the Independent Commission Against Corruption to investigate allegations that Premier Morris Iemma threatened to withdraw funding from projects in the elec- torate of Drummoyne if MP Angela D'Amore continued to criticise the government. Oppo- sition roads spokesman Duncan Gay said the Opposition was ''quite concerned'' about the alle- gations raised in the media and said if they were correct, they demonstrated ''inappropriate be- haviour'' by the Premier. Backbench frustration Loss of renal services at Concord Hospital: ''I thought that was pretty disgraceful and I thought the Government hadn't taken our concerns seriously.'' Better ferry and bus services: ''We're lucky that we've got 38km of foreshore but I think there needs to be a review of how better we can connect our bus services with our ferry services.'' More pre-school places: ''I said to the Government, 'tell me how your policy is going to deliver additional pre-school places over the next couple of years to the families in my electorate?' They haven't been able to answer that.'' Mortlake Public School: ''By 2011 there'll be at least 25 per cent more enrolments. We actually have to start doing the plans and building. I keep getting answers that I'm not comfortable with.'' The playground upgrade at Drummoyne Public School: ''I have to be to be honest with my P&Cs and say 'the Government is just not responding'. I'm not going to lie about it.'' 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