Monday 10 July 2017
Some services are best provided by governments and in Parliament I supported an Opposition motion to block a law that will enable the privatisation of Services NSW operations. Services NSW provides essential government services like registration of births, deaths, marriages, vehicles and business and licensing including medical assessments. I told Parliament it is not appropriate to let a for-profit company manage the private and personal information held by the service.Read more
Monday 26 June 2017
The 2017-2018 NSW Budget continues the long history of funding roads over public transport. WestConnex will get a whopping $7.2 billion this year alone, compared to $4.9 billion over four years for the metro. Other Sydney motorway projects include the M12, NorthConnex and M5. Expanding roads reduces community space, pollutes the environment and adds to long term congestion.Read more
(Bill Disallowance Motion, 22 June 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I rise to support the disallowance motion and briefly place on the record why I am concerned about the Services NSW (One-Stop Access to Government Services) Amendment (Approved Persons) Regulation 2017.
The regulation indicates a clear intention on the government’s part to transfer Services NSW operations to private for-profit companies.Read more
Tuesday 14 June 2017
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons are holding a rally, march and picnic midday 17 June at 2-12 Macquarie Street Parramatta to promote UN negotiations for a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty. While Australia has signed the treaties to ban chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions, the federal government is not supporting this treaty. Details HERE.
Monday 3 April 2017
The government had to admit that forced council amalgamations may not deliver lower rates as it promised but could in fact result in much higher fees. While I do not support rate pegging, I supported its bill to require a merged council to use rate paths imposed by the previous council for three years to ensure Paddington, Woollahra and Edgecliff residents are not hit with a predicted 53 per cent rate rise if Woollahra Council is forced to merge with Randwick and Waverley. Forced mergers guarantee disruption and can mean larger bureaucracies and lose grassroots representation and local expertise.Read more
(Contribution to Debate, 29 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Local Government Amendment (Rates – Merged Council Areas) Bill will give the Minister for Local Government the power to require a council that was established through a recent amalgamation of local government areas, to continue the same rate paths that were used by the former council areas, over the next three years. During this three year period, rates will reflect what they would have been under the former standalone council.Read more
Monday 27 March 2017
Tomorrow Tuesday 28 March from 12 noon there is a free BBQ outside the LPI building, opposite St Mary's Cathedral followed by a rally against privatisation of NSW Land and Property Information at Martin Palace near Macquarie Street at 1 pm. Details at www.concernedtitlesgroup.com.au or HERE.
I opposed the bill to privatise LPI – it risks the quality of service, property fraud and increased costs in buying and selling a home. However the government pushed legislation through Parliament and seems intent on proceeding with the sale.
Monday 20 March 2017
The YMCA Youth Parliament introduces young people to the NSW Parliament and it can create change, with residential camps in July and September including a Youth Sitting Week in Parliament where you develop and debate bills. Details HERE.
20 February 2017
I am disappointed the Berejiklian government has ignored city communities’ concerns about mega-councils; people want local councils that understand their area and needs, with easy access to decision makers. Woollahra Council is financially sustainable and residents overwhelmingly support existing boundaries: it should not be forced to merge with other local government areas.
Local government must cease to be the plaything of state governments: subject to sackings, mergers and de-amalgamations for political advantage; it should once and for all be recognised in the constitution with democracy protected.
Monday 13 February 2017
NSW Parliament sits again this week after the summer break, and I’ll use all opportunities to speak out and push for government action on community concerns. You can see the year’s sitting days HERE.