Don Page back on the job
JUST seven weeks after major heart surgery Ballina MP Don Page is back on the job.
And he’s feeling great, despite a tumultuous few weeks in State politics, which he says were a ‘backward step for the people of NSW’.
Speaking to The Northern Star between school presentations in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby yesterday, Mr Page said he was feeling much better.
He needed heart valve replacement surgery for a condition he has had since birth. The condition had been identified only recently.
“I am not going to go running around the block, but I never really did that anyway,” Mr Page said.
“It is a great tribute to modern medicine that I am back at work so quickly. I don’t expect to have any more problems.”
Over the past few weeks Mr Page slowly returned to some part-time duties. Yesterday was his first full-time day back at work.
But he kept a ‘close watch’ on changes in the State Government during his recovery, and said he believed new Premier Kristina Keneally was ‘beholden’ to Labor’s right wing faction.
Mr Page said he was not surprised former premier Nathan Rees was ousted.
“I thought that the faction would make a move on Rees, but I just wasn’t sure about the timing,” he said.
“We are going backwards. Rees was making a bit of progress. He had made some steps in the right direction.
“Personally, I do not have a problem with her (Ms Keneally), but she is clearly a puppet for Tripodi and Obeid. It’s a bad thing for the people of NSW.”
Mr Page also thanked the ‘hundreds of people’ who wished him well after his heart operation.