Monday 15 January 2018
I’ve received hundreds of emails supporting much tighter rules for the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry. I continue to oppose cruel battery cage farming with questions, petitions and statements in Parliament, information HERE. My most recent questions pushed for public consultation on reform, so it is good to see this occurring. My questions are HERE.Read more
Monday 4 December 2017
Don’t forget the Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy’ collection for pet treats, toys or food for animal shelters and rescue services until 15 December, information HERE.
Monday 20 November 2017
My office is a drop off point for ‘Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy’, who collect treats, toys or food for cats or dogs and donate them to animal shelters and rescue services. You can leave donations until 15 December, HERE.
Monday 6 November 2017
During the Melbourne Cup frenzy, don’t forget the cruelty of whips in horse racing, which would be prosecuted if it happened outside the races. Support the RSPCA campaign against whips, HERE.
(Question Time, Wednesday 11 October 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. Will the Minister confirm that the Government continues to work towards a Sydney Marine Park and inform the House of progress on the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion assessment and the Government's response to the 2016 discussion paper?Read more
Monday 10 April 2017
Backflips in politics should be reserved for bad decisions but last week the government and opposition joined forces to overturn the greyhound racing ban, which was introduced out of compassion for animal welfare following shocking revelations of cruelty. While the bill included some improvements to welfare standards, cruelty will continue because the industry is notorious for cover-ups and cruelty is party of the business model. A truly civilised society does not promote suffering and torture of animals for the sake of gambling and I voted against the bill. My speeches are HERE and HERE.
(Contribution to Debate, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
The Greyhound Racing Bill reverses a compassionate government commitment made in response to a strong community campaign to end the cruel and archaic greyhound racing industry and move to a more humane society that does not treat animals as dispensable products or promote problem gambling.
The Greyhound Racing Bill overturns the ban on greyhound racing due to commence on the 1st of July this year and introduces a number of reforms to try to reduce the suffering of animals that has long been a part of the industry’s modus operandi.Read more
(Contribution to Debate, Tuesday 04 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
The Greyhound Racing Bill ends any prospect that greyhound dogs and other animals will be spared from considerable suffering at the hands of a cruel and archaic industry funded by gambling and government subsidies.
The Greyhound Racing Bill overturns the ban on greyhound racing due to commence on the 1st of July this year, while introducing some reforms so that it looks like serious animal welfare problems with the industry will be fixed.Read more
20 February 2017
Despite numerous exposés of serious and systemic cruelty in greyhound racing that a special commission of inquiry concluded could not be prevented through reforms, the government overturned its ban and established a panel to recommend improvements. The NSW Greyhound Industry Reform Panel has recommended a number of changes including an independent regulator with stronger investigative powers, an enforceable welfare code of practice and higher penalties for animal welfare offences.
While these mark an improvement on the status quo, cruelty is profitable and I will continue to monitor problems if the industry continues to operate. The report is HERE.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Older and disadvantaged people in rural and regional areas have very limited transport options, with basic tasks like shopping, banking and going to the doctor a challenge, documented by our Legislative Assembly Committee for Community Services Inquiry into transport access. I encouraged the committee to include options for pet owners without cars in rural and regional areas and our final report found significant problems, recommending more work by Transport for NSW.
The outcome should benefit pet owners across NSW – the current rules for public transport are confusing and make it hard if you don’t have private transport, see HERE.