Bill Shorten visits Nowra, fights for healthcare

The Federal Opposition Leader held a town hall meeting in Nowra in April, as part of his national listening tour of regional areas.

Speaking to a crowd of over 300, Bill spoke on issues such as jobs, education, and healthcare before taking questions from the floor. He said that roads are critical to the region, and that he would recommend the ideas of locals to his infrastructure team for their consideration.


Bill Shorten also lashed the government’s abolition of the 457 visa allowing foreign workers, saying t was a cosmetic gesture. One of the issues raised with Bill was the cancellation of ongoing funding for Nina Cheyne, the Shoalhaven’s only dedicated Parkinson’s nurse.


Bill Shorten wrote a letter in defence of Ms Cheyne’s position to the Minister for Health, calling the removal of funding for the position “a terrible act of cruelty, to save a very meagre sum.”


Fiona Phillips was preselected unopposed for Gilmore in March this year, meaning she will be campaigning for Gilmore for the next two years. Gilmore is held by the Liberal Party on a margin of 0.73%.