Monday 21 August 2017
If there’s a postal survey on marriage equality and you have moved address over the past few years, you may not get your ballot paper and be able to vote. You only have till 24 August to update your enrolment details, so check today: www.aec.gov.au.
Tuesday 15 August 2017
I opposed new laws to remove development decisions from councils in Sydney and Wollongong and hand them to planning panels stacked with ministerial appointees.
Despite claims that the bill is about preventing corruption, because panel members are not elected by and answerable to the community and will make decisions behind closed doors, corruption risks could increase. I told Parliament changes are really about fast tracking approvals. My speech is HERE.
(Opposition to Bill, Wednesday 9 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I oppose the Environmental Planning and Assessment and Electoral Legislation Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Bill 2017 because it is an assault on local democracy and prevents communities being represented in approvals for development in their neighbourhood. This bill will radically change the way development decisions are made. I am appalled that it is being rushed through the House, preventing members from conducting meaningful consultation with their local councils and communities. This Government has a disturbing practice of ramming important and controversial bills through Parliament, thereby showing an abysmal lack of respect for basic democratic principles. What is the rush when the bill will not take effect until March next year?Read more
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Councillor Jess Scully, Wendy McCarthy AO, Susan Ryan AO and Women’s Electoral Lobby members and supporters celebrated 45 years of work to improve the position of women and build a society where women and men share equally in rewards and responsibilities. Congratulations WEL! I hope that WEL and similar organisations continue this vital work towards equality.
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Some NSW councils will have elections on Saturday 9 September, including Woollahra (but not the City of Sydney). Put the date in your diary or calendar.
Information about enrolling to vote is HERE.
Check you are on the roll, HERE.
If you’re considering standing for election, information HERE.
Monday 31 July 2017
The Premier’s decision to halt further council mergers reflects the strength of community opposition to overriding democracy, including the plucky response from councils like Woollahra under Mayor Toni Zeltzer, who stoutly defended their communities. I congratulate those councils and communities, and commend the minister and premier for stopping what has been a botched process from the start.
I was proud to speak at the Woollahra Council meeting that committed to support marriage equality. Council’s motion reflects support for the LGBTI community being full and equal members of the Woollahra community. The Wentworth Courier report is HERE.
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