(Community Recognition Statement, 30 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
For 40 years, Redfern Legal Centre has been a beacon of justice for disadvantaged and marginalised people across inner Sydney. The centre operates with a small paid staff, law students getting real life experience and volunteers, academics, community workers and activists working together for access to justice.Read more
(Contribution to Debate, 28 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill changes the way the state collects fees to fund fire and emergency services: instead of being charged through insurance premiums, a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy will be added to council rates.Read more
Monday 27 March 2017
On Wednesday 29 March 4-4.30pm at Belmore Park (Eddy Avenue) you can show support for continued funding of community legal centres, which help 685 people nationally each day, but have to turn away 438 people every day. Federal funding cuts from 1 July will result in another 205 people turned away each day. Details HERE.
Monday 06 March 2017
Redfern Legal Centre celebrates forty years of working for social justice Thursday 27 April and you can show your support at the fundraising dinner at Sydney Town Hall, with MCs Wendy Harmer, Triple J’s Veronica and Lewis, live music by the Pragmatics, an auction and special guest speaker Justice Virginia Bell AC. Details HERE.
Monday 16 January
Comment is open on proposed action to improve air quality. The Environment Protection Authority says air pollution causes 520 premature deaths and 6300 cumulative years of life lost and 1180 hospital admissions in Sydney alone. A recent report in The Lancet suggests links between heavy traffic noise and air pollution and dementia. Read article HERE.
However the government’s proposed Clean Air for NSW strategy offers minor action on motor vehicle pollutants that does not challenge major vested interests while the government builds more tollways and expands major roads. Comments due Friday 20 January, HERE.
Monday 12 December 2016
I supported the Independent Member for Lake Macquarie’s motion calling on the government to reduce the number of people in jail, particularly young people, Indigenous people and those on remand. A record 12,641 people are in prison and the number continues to grow. Nearly 70 per cent of these re-offend and we need active programs to educate, rehabilitate and address underlying disability, mental illness, disadvantage and trauma. My speech is HERE. I’ve asked the minister to invest in post-release programs to ensure prisoners are re-integrated, HERE.
2 November 2016
The ABC reported leaked documents revealing over two thirds of assaults at the Star Casino were not reported to police, skewing crime statistics and hiding disturbing trends of alcohol associated violence. The figures correspond with reports of displacement from the lockouts by Pyrmont residents. This again calls into question the special class of exemption the government gave to the casino – with the opposition’s support – compared to other city venues. Exemptions from the 1.30 am lockout should be about improving the city’s culture and apply to live music and performance venues, small bars of 120 patrons and well managed venues. See the report HERE.
11 July 2016
concerned about the ongoing deregulation of firearms that were introduced following the tragic 1996 Port Arthur shootings. As regulation has weakened the number of firearms has increased. The recent mass shooting in Orlando Florida could not have occurred without access to rapid fire weapons. Information: www.guncontrolaustralia.org
In Parliament, I asked about NSW Government action to reduce access to dangerous guns like the Adler A110 and Pardus LAX. My question is HERE.
4 July 2016
The government is reviewing the small bar licence category introduced in 2012 for bars with up to 60 patrons. Most small bars continue to use the general (hotel) bar or restaurant licence categories, which were made accessible to smaller venues in response to Clover Moore’s campaign. I share the City of Sydney’s view that the Small Bar Licence patron limit should increase to 120 patrons to cover all small bars. Small bars of 120 patrons or less rarely contribute to violence and must continue to be economically viable. You can comment by 15 July HERE
16 May 2016
Terrorism is a serious global challenge but boosting police powers to the point where 14 year olds can be arrested, detained and questioned for 14 days, without charge, access to their families or judicial oversight will not reduce terror and extremism. In Parliament I opposed the latest terrorism bill, which erodes the very rights that differentiate our society from countries that breed global terrorism. Governments need to prioritise social cohesion not resentment and alienation. My speech is HERE.