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SPEECHES BY CELESTE BARKER


Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL, speaking on the debate on the 2018/19 budget vote for the Department of Health. 17 May 2018

May 19th, 2018

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, MECs, Colleagues and Distinguished Guests. I addressed rights issues in this chamber on Tuesday and will do so again today. Since the beginning of this term of office, the Eastern Cape Department of Health has spent much of its time on the defensive to the detriment of its patients and its mandate to serve our people’s health needs. I will, therefore, describe just how this inability …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL, DA response to the 2018/19 budget for Vote 1, OTP Special Programmes. 15 May 2018

May 16th, 2018

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, MEC’s, distinguished guests in the gallery – Molweni Nonke! The DA is grateful for the opportunity to participate in today’s budget vote. We share the President’s concerns about our unequal society and look forward to seeing the dream of a true, rights-based culture and equality being extended to all the people of our province. It is an indisputable fact that despite many valiant efforts to build …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL: Debate on State of the Province Address, 28 February 2018

February 28th, 2018

Our health system is falling apart Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, colleagues and guests, I greet you all and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Ladies and gentlemen, health matters to each of us no matter who we are and where we live. Our Provincial Department of Health has an obligation to all its patients, service providers and staff, to keep us healthy and well. In his 2015 State …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL. Annual Report 2016-2017, Department of Health. 29 November 2017

November 29th, 2017

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, MECs, distinguished guests and colleagues, it is a privilege to participate in the Health Debate today because “ I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights,  the indispensable elements in a democratic society and well worth fighting for”. These are not my words.  They were used by Helen Suzman over 20 years ago in a parliamentary debate. Now they keep memories alive in the …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL, Consideration of Report of Portfolio Committees on Office of the Premier: Special Programmes. 28 November 2017

November 28th, 2017

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker,  MECs, Colleagues and Guests, it is indeed a privilege to greet you this morning in the name of the Democratic Alliance and to debate the contents of our Special Programmes Report. Especially as it is quite obvious at this time of year that the Legislature Diary is filled to the brim and that much pressure is brought to bear on the Programming Committee.   This makes for …


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Speech notes by Celeste Barker MPL, on oversight visits by the Portfolio Committee on Health to facilities in Alfred Nzo District Municipalities. 3 October 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, Colleagues and Guests, the DA is grateful for the opportunity to debate the findings of pre-visits to health facilities in the Alfred Nzo District. On a personal level, I must say that it was a treat to drive through what is surely one of the most beautiful rural areas in our country and to see unspoilt terrain on our travels.  Those of us who call this …


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Speech notes: Annual report of Department of Health 2015/16 by Celeste Barker MPL

January 31st, 2017

The Department continues to delay the delivery of an organogram workload had tripled I conclude with a question How much of this report qualifies as post-truth because of repetitive findings?” Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, colleagues and esteemed guests Molweni Nonke! It is a privilege to greet you and to wish you the happiest New Year yet! Health affects every single one of us no matter who we are or where …


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Budget vote speeches: Office of the Premier, Health & Roads and Public Works

June 6th, 2016

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature DA MPL Edmund van Vuuren, Shadow MEC for Health Celeste Barker MPL, Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works, Vicky Knoetze MPL during the budget vote debates of provincial departments. Speech by Edmund van Vuuren, MPL Committee Member: Office of the Premier “The Office of the Premier is not setting a good example regarding the filling of posts and the subsequent assessments” Functionality of schools …


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Health matters — Taking Legislature to the People

October 20th, 2015

The annual Taking Legislature to the People is being held in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) from 20-23 October, at the Missionvale Campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.   Below is the speech by DA Shadow MEC for Health, Celeste Barker, on the report by the Portfolio Committee on Health, on site visits to health facilities in the NMBM: Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, Colleagues, Esteemed Guests and the …


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Speech notes by DA MPL, Celeste Barker – ECPL Health portfolio’s oversight visit to Grey and All Saints Hospitals

September 30th, 2015

Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker/Deputy Speaker/ Colleagues and Guests. The Democratic Alliance welcomes this opportunity to explore and discuss service delivery and conditions at the Grey and All Saints Hospitals. Let it first be said that Health services are fundamental for survival. It is trite but true that not one of us – or those whom we hold dear – can survive a health crisis without reliable medical care in hygienic, …


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