In the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, I thank Kathryn Taylor and her colleagues. I give voice to her thoughts today and share her words with the House:
... I don't want a free McDonald's coffee on my way to Nepean Hospital to work on the front line as a midwife.
I don't want to home-school my teenager after a night shift.
I don't want to wear civvies to work because my scrubs identify me as a target for public aggression.
I don't want to wash my clothes twice daily and shower after work scrubbing my hair and skin raw so that I don't infect my family.
I don't want to be deployed to the COVID ward to be afraid, to wear a mask for 8 hours that cuts my nose and gives me a crushing headache due to lack of oxygen.
I hate that the Government's 2.5 per cent wage cut tells my 13-year-old daughter that the work many women do, doesn't matter to them.
I am so tired ...
Today I pay tribute to Kathryn and all our hardworking nurses and midwives. Thank you. You matter.