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
While only dissenting committee members on the inner city schools parliamentary inquiry called on the government to reconsider building a new Ultimo school on the Fig and Wattle streets site, the final report recommended that the department use EPA soil remediation standards – not its own, which inflated cost estimates and gave the department a reason to withdraw from the site.
Other shortcomings in inner city public schools planning were identified with recommendations on how government should communicate and coordinate with councils, planning and Urban Growth to plan for demographic changes. The report is HERE.
22 November 2016
Information booths for the new Cleveland Street high school are on Tuesday 22 November 3:30-4:30pm at Darlinghurst Public School; Thursday 24 November 3:30-4:30pm at Crown Street Public School; Tuesday 29 November 3:30-4:30pm at
Bourke Street Public School and Thursday 15 December 5:30-7pm at Surry Hills Shopping Village. Information HERE.
(Question Without Notice, 17 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
My question is directed to the Premier. Given that Deloitte, Jobs for NSW, Council for Economic Development Australia, and Information and Communications Technology educators have all stressed the importance to the State's economy of specifically skilling up students on digital technologies, when will the Government finally catch up with all other State and Territory governments and adopt the Federal Government's digital technologies curriculum?Read more
(Private Members' Statement, 16 November 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Digital technologies are creating a new economy based on ideas, intelligence and innovation and my constituents want New South Wales to equip its workforce with the skills for innovation and growth so that we do not fall behind.
The “Australia’s Digital Pulse 2016: Developing the digital workforce to drive growth in the future” Deloitte Access Economics report forecasts digital technologies’ contribution to the Australian economy to grow by over 75 per cent from $79 billion in 2014 to $139 billion in 2020.Read more
Monday 24 October 2016
Parliament debated the proposal to subsume the National Art School within the University of NSW after I submitted petitions of over 14,000 signatures. A merger risks the school’s independence, unique atelier educational model and occupation of Old Darlinghurst Goal. Government speakers continued to repeat that “no decision has been made”. My speech is HERE.
Monday 17 October 2016
All students must have access to a safe and inclusive learning environment free from discrimination regardless of their sex; LGBTI, marital or domestic status; or if they have a disability. In debate on the Education and Teaching Legislation Amendment Bill which will set up a new Education Standards Authority, I asked the minister to ensure that existing protections for students in private schools stay under the new scheme. My speech is HERE.
(Debate on Petition over 10,000 signatures, 13 October 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The National Art School provides a unique form of arts education that has produced generations of successful artists and is essential to thriving arts scenes in Sydney and the state, and to Australia’s artistic reputation.
There is strong community support for the school with over 14,000 people having signed this petition and we could have another 10,000 soon! Petitioners come from across New South Wales including Manly, Coogee, Rose Bay, Castle Hill, Hornsby, Penrith and Byron Bay.
I acknowledge supporters in the gallery and the hundreds of people who attended the August rally which closed roads from Oxford to Macquarie streets.Read more
(Debate, 11 October 2016, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Education and Teaching Legislation Amendment Bill restructures the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards into a new body which will be known as the NSW Education Standards Authority.
This is important because the board of studies provides an essential function in terms of protecting children from discrimination that must continue after the change.Read more
26 September 2016
The Department of Department of Education has submitted changes to the Sydney Regional Environmental Plan 26 - City West to allow a temporary school at Wentworth Park until December 2019 while Ultimo Public School undergoes redevelopment. The temporary school will be removed when the new 800 student school is operating.
The DA needs to address lead pollution and locating the temporary school inside the greyhound facility rather than on parkland. These plans should have been developed after the Parliamentary Inquiry reports. Comment is due Tuesday 4 October, go to planspolicies.planning.nsw.gov.au
My latest question to the Minister for Racing seeks assurance that Wentworth Park will be returned to open space and recreation use. My question is HERE.