Pages tagged "Law and Order"


Expensive Electricity

Monday 9 July 2018

I’ve been calling for help with ever-increasing electricity costs, and in response to my latest questions in Parliament the Minister for Energy and Utilities referred to new budget measures that increase rebates by 20 per cent and a ‘One-Click Energy Switch’ where Service NSW officers will help people find better deals and change retailers to be piloted before going statewide. He also referred to schemes to replace old appliances and install LED lights: HERE. My questions: HERE.

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ICAN Nuclear Weapons

Monday 9 July 2018

I’ve joined other MPs to support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the aim to prevent catastrophic nuclear war HERE.   


Supporting Vibrancy

Monday 2 July 2018

Following release of City of Sydney findings that Sydneysiders want longer trading hours, more places to go and more diverse options after dark, I again called on the government to make Sydney’s night time economy an urgent priority.

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Parrabell Reports

Monday 2 July 2018

I welcome the Strike Force Parrabell report and commend NSW Police and Assistant Commissioner Tony Crandell for committing the resources to thoroughly review the violent deaths of 88 gay men or perceived to be gay between 1976 and 2000. The associated academic review by Flinders University provides an independent check. The report: HERE.

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Letting Law

Monday 25 June 2018

The Legislative Assembly passed my amendment to ensure that the government’s short term letting bill provides for a registration system to enforce laws and collect data.  

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Westconnex Inquiry

Monday 25 June 2018

The Legislative Council Public Accounts Committee will look into the way that Westconnex has been set up and funded to expose the secret arrangements – and prevent some of the worst impacts. Submissions close 31 August: HERE.


Horses vs Parks

Monday 25 June 2018

I did not support new laws to give the wild horses in the snowy mountains heritage status. The brumbies are causing significant damage to alpine and subalpine regions, putting threatened species at risk, and their numbers are growing. Culling of introduced species can be very cruel but the answer is not to legislate making a particular species special. What we need is a ban on cruel culling like aerial shooting and 1080 poisoning with investment in humane population control measures so that introduced species don’t expand unchecked and we can protect declining biodiversity.

My speech: HERE.


Powerhouse Exposed

Monday 25 June 2018

The Powerhouse Museum Alliance has published the material that the government was forced to table on the business case for demolishing the Powerhouse and moving some of the collection to western Sydney. You can read the proposals HERE.


Short Term Rental Amendment

(Bills - Consideration in detail, 20 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

I move amendment No. 1 standing in my name on sheet C2018-079:

No. 1 Registration of premises used for short-term rental accommodation

Page 3, Schedule 1, proposed section 54B. Insert after line 43:

(c) provide for the registration of residential premises used for the purposes of short-term rental accommodation arrangements and for the registration system to include details about when residential premises are used for those purposes, and

The amendment is a straightforward one. It ensures that the short-term rental code of conduct in the Fair Trading Amendment (Short-Term Rental Accommodation) Bill 2018 can include a mandatory registration system where all hosts add their premises to a register and provide data on the nights that they are there on a short-term basis

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Short Term Rental Bill

(Bills - Second Reading Debate, 20 June 2018, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

The Fair Trading Amendment (Short-term Rental Accommodation) Bill 2018 gives owners' corporations a statutory power to ban short-term rentals in their building by special resolution for lots that are not the host's principal place of residence. In situations where a lot is the host's principal place of residence, the bill includes an express prohibition on by-laws that control or limit short‑term renting. The bill also provides a framework for a mandatory code of conduct for short-term rental participants, which I understand is aimed at preventing party houses.

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