(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 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.
(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.