Monday 4 December 2017
My independent colleague Greg Piper, the Member for Lake Macquarie and I got the government to change a bill that would have made it harder for new independent candidates to contest future elections.Read more
Monday 13 November 2017
Parliament’s Education Services presents Professor Rodney Smith and Dr David Smith from The University of Sydney comparing Westminster and Presidential model democracies and their checks and balances Wednesday 15 November 5-7pm. Free but bookings essential, HERE.
(Debate on Bill, 14 November 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I rise to support the Electoral Bill and the amendments to be moved by the Member for Lake Macquarie.Read more
Tuesday 3 October 2017
During school holidays, visit Parliament’s Family Fun Day Family 10am-3pm Friday 6 October. You can see inside the chambers and behind the scenes, hear stories from the ‘Ghosts of Our Colonial Past’, see the Parliament’s 1967 referendum display and take part in arts and crafts, role plays, guessing competition and a children’s trail. Details HERE.
Find out how NSW Parliament operates at ‘A Little Night Sitting’ Tuesday 10 October 5-7pm, where you can meet members, watch Legislative Assembly & Council sessions, learn about the Parliament’s history and our democracy. Free but bookings essential HERE.
Wednesday 20 September 2017
Out for Australia’s inclusive fundraising event for Yes is at COMMUNE, 901 Bourke Street Waterloo, Thursday 21 September 6-10pm, with Gordi and The Domestics, tickets HERE.
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
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.