A Shorten Labor Government would re-open the Centrelink and Medicare offices at Warrawong if elected on 18 May.
Last June, the Liberals closed the office with absolutely no consultation. This was a massive slap in the face for locals who had previously campaigned for many years to get a Medicare office located in the area.
The Liberals’ decision has impacted on many members of Warrawong and the surrounding suburbs of Port Kembla, Cringila, Lake Heights, Primbee, Kemblawarra and Berkeley.
These suburbs are home to some of the most disadvantaged people in the Illawarra and many of these people have English as a second language which makes phone and internet contact difficult.
In just a few weeks – between the sneaky announcement in June and the closure in July – local Labor MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, gathered over 1,000 signatures on their petition to save Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare offices.
The Liberals ignored these calls from the community and shut the doors on the Warrawong Centrelink and Medicare offices on 30 July 2018.
This local Centrelink will provide a crucial service supporting Cunningham’s 18,000 recipients of the age pension; 7,000 recipients of the family tax benefit; and over 4,000 recipients of carer’s allowance and Whitlam’s 22,000 recipients of the age pension; 10,000 recipients of the family tax benefit; and over 5,500 recipients of carer’s allowance.
Only Labor will re-open the Centrelink and Medicare Offices at Warrawong because this election is a choice between Labor’s plan for better public services or bigger tax loopholes for the top end of town under the Liberals.