Monday 5 March 2018
I will sponsor an Animal Justice Party bill in the lower House to restrict the types of animals that can be used in circuses.Forcing animals to undergo a lifetime of travelling long distances, being trapped in tiny cages and subjected to harsh training regimes so they can do tricks on command is a cruel and archaic form of entertainment. Making wild and non-domestic animals perform unnatural stunts is fast becoming unacceptable in society and it’s time the Parliament put an end to this cruelty.
Sign the petition to show your support for reform HERE.
Tuesday 27 February 2018
More than a thousand people contacted me about the draft Poultry Code – there is strong community opposition to cruel factory farming and I thank all those who took the time to give feedback to the government. My submission called for stronger standards and a ban on cage egg farming, see HERE.
I intend to follow up again in Parliament and keep the pressure on for reform.
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