(Bill Consideration in Detail, 13 September 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
The Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill makes a number of amendments to laws surrounding public health following the statutory review of the Public Health Act 2010.
My contribution will focus on changes to the state’s response to sexually transmitted infections on which the bill takes both forward and regressive steps.
(Opposition to Bill, Wednesday 9 August 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 is a mean‑spirited response to the uncomfortable sight of vulnerable people sleeping rough in public places, and I strongly oppose it. The bill will give police officers the power to move rough sleepers away from Martin Place and seize their tents and belongings. If rough sleepers move to another public reserve in the City of Sydney local government area, the Minister will be able to confer the powers for use there too. Rough sleepers can incur fines of $220 if they do not leave when ordered to do so.Read more
Follow the links below to see my questions in parliament and Ministers' responses.
(Question Without Notice, 22 June 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
My question is directed to the Minister for Counter Terrorism, Minister for Corrections, and Minister for Veterans Affairs. Minister, with the number of women in prison growing fast and most women prisoners having been the victim of abuse and imprisoned for less serious offences, what will you do to reform prison procedures and programs to reduce trauma for female prisoners, increase rehabilitation and reduce the risk of reoffending?Read more
Monday 19 June 2017
Media reports suggest the new Police Commissioner will review the allocation of police officers to areas with high crime and reinvigorate the Police Citizens Youth Club program and work with young people to divert them from crime and anti-social behaviour. I support these sensible directions. However, I’m concerned about reports about amalgamating police commands at Kings Cross and Rose Bay, which have very different communities and crime. I’ll monitor any proposals.
Monday 29 May 2017
Constituents have been contacting me about smoking where it is illegal at outdoor dining venues, near doorways to public buildings, at bus stops and on train platforms. I’ve asked the minister about education and enforcement programs HERE.
You can report hot spots to NSW Health for enforcement: telephone 1800 357 412 or online HERE.
Monday 3 April 2017
NSW has one of the harshest approaches to recreational cannabis use in the country at a time when laws across the world are being relaxed. Cannabis use in the community is much higher than other drugs, while its contribution to crime and poor health is very low. In Parliament, I called for an evidence-based approach to cannabis use that does not criminalise recreational users or squander police and court resources on a widespread activity that harms few people. My speech is HERE.Read more
Monday 3 April 2017
In Parliament I congratulated Redfern Legal Centre as the first community legal centre in NSW and 40 years of helping vulnerable people with legal problems. My statement is HERE.
Shamefully, federal funding cuts threaten Redfern’s services to the inner city and I encourage you to support their fundraiser on 6.30-11pm Thursday 27 April at Sydney Town Hall. MCs Wendy Harmer, Triple J’s Veronica and Lewis and guest speaker Justice Virginia Bell AC will toast RLC's achievements and history, along with entertainment and an auction. Bookings HERE.
(Private Members' Statement, 30 March 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
The possession and use of cannabis for recreation purposes remains a criminal offence in Australia with New South Wales having one of the strictest applications of this law. But internationally many jurisdictions are relaxing cannabis laws and a number of constituents have contacted me in support of sensible cannabis reform.Read more
(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