Tuesday 17 April 2018
The state government extended current smoking bans in public places, like licensed venues and public transport, to electronic cigarettes.Read more
(Bills - Second Reading Debate, April 10 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I support the Smoke-free Environment Amendment Bill which bans the use of electronic cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco is currently banned.
E-cigarettes have only emerged in the last 5 to 10 years. While five years ago use seemed to be growing rapidly, it appears that their take-up has settled with the minister reporting that less than one per cent of people in New South Wales use electronic cigarettes. Notwithstanding, electronic cigarettes are being used in the community and I support the government’s approach to protect people from second-hand vapour.Read more
Tuesday 10 April 2018
I have been campaigning with advocates to get the government to reverse its decision to stop funding disability advocates when the NDIS rollout was complete on 1 July. Advocates can help ensure people with disability get the help they are entitled to and have been crucial to exposing systemic neglect and abuse.
The Premier’s decision to continue funding disability advocacy and information services until 2020 is a great win and I spoke at the #StandByMe rally at Parliament about the importance of ongoing funding beyond 2020.
(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 13 March 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Problem gambling can have serious community impacts with disastrous costs for those affected including lost homes and jobs, financial ruin and broken families.
The 2010 Productivity Commission Report on Gambling found that between 80,000 and 160,000 Australian adults suffer from a significant gambling problem and a further 230,000 to 350,000 are vulnerable. It estimated that problem gamblers account for 22 to 60 per cent of gaming machine spending, which increases to 42 to 75 per cent when combined with use by moderate risk gamblers.Read more
Monday 19 February 2018
International Family Drug Support Day reminds us about the families suffering behind every statistic of a drug related overdose death, arrest or hospitalisation, often in an environment of stigma and shame: see HERE. Family Drug Support Tony Trimingham CEO and Founder and other families will speak at a forum at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts 2-4pm Friday 23 February: HERE.
Monday 12 February 2018
In Parliament I spoke against changes to the Mental Health Act to expand the ability of the Mental Health Review Tribunal to review involuntary treatment plans or authorise the use of electro convulsive treatment without a patient being present. Currently the tribunal attempts to phone every patient before a hearing to ensure they are given the opportunity to attend. Patient involvement is essential to recovery and I am concerned the tribunal will be forced to add more weight to what treating medical officers say. A recent government report exposed the trauma patients experience when excluded from decisions on their treatment, particularly when restraint and seclusion are used. My speech is HERE.
(Contribution to Debate, 7 February 2018, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
I rise to speak on the Health Legislation Amendment Bill. My contribution will focus on the amendments to the Mental Health Act that allow the Mental Health Review Tribunal to hear reviews of the treatment regime of involuntary patients or authorise the use of electro convulsive treatment, in the absence of the person involved, in certain circumstances, if they refuse or are too unwell to attend.Read more
Monday 5 February 2018
I support the campaign to continue funding for independent information and advocacy services for people with disability to negotiate the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Join the more than 28,000 other people backing the Stand By Me campaign on their Day of Action next Tuesday 6 February when Parliament resumes. Sign the petition: HERE
Monday 15 January 2018
I congratulate and commend the survivors of institutional child abuse who fought to expose wrongs through the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission confirmed cover-ups of horrific abuse and torture of children with perpetrators protected, particularly in out-of-home care and religious bodies.Read more
Monday 15 January 2018
There has been widespread criticism of workers compensation claim dispute processes. The government is considering different use of medical assessments, allowing more lump sums instead of ongoing payments, simplifying notices to claimants and clearer public information. You can comment by 16 February HERE.