Frontline Workers Recognition

(Community Recognition Statement, 12 May 2020, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I record thanks for the vital role that frontline workers have been playing through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health workers have been grappling with a new disease and a virus we don't yet understand, and doing a remarkable job informing, educating, investigating and testing.

Thanks to the St Vincent's, Sydney and RPA hospitals and COVID clinic staff, paramedics and GPs who have been working to save lives and keep people well. We have outstanding people helping vulnerable people in aged care, homelessness and other crisis services. Police and council rangers are working in difficult circumstances, and we rely on their discretion to balance community safety with protecting civil rights and fairness.

I also record thanks to those who have been keeping the shops, services, transport and schools running as best we can. We must recognise the cleaners, admin and support staff who keep everything running.

Thanks to the effective information from Service NSW officers during this time of distress, anxiety and rapidly changing situation.

This crisis has brought out the best in people and shows that frontline workers are everywhere and we all depend on each other.