Wednesday 19 July
Everyone is welcome to honour the memory of those who have died from drug overdoses at the remembrance ceremony Friday 21 July 1pm at Lawrence Hargrave Reserve Potts Point, with afternoon tea to follow. Information: Sarah Hiley, telephone 9360 1191 or email email@example.com.
Tuesday 4 July 2017
In Parliament, I raised concerns that Commonwealth changes to visas and citizenship risk Australia’s competitiveness in some industries and our reputation as a welcoming country. We need a fair process for people who contribute to the community and seek to become Australian citizens and no case has been made for urgent and retrospective changes including to those already with permanent residence.Read more
Tuesday 4 July 2017
Despite most major crime categories having fallen or stayed stable since 2001, NSW prisoner numbers have reached a record 13,000+, with the highest jumps in women and Aboriginal people in jail. NSW prisons are overflowing and the government is now building a massive new 1,700 bed facility at Grafton. See the excellent article in The Big Smoke http://thebigsmoke.com.au/2017/06/23/australian-prison-boom-taking-care-big-business/Read more
Monday 26 July 2017
NAIDOC or National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week originated with the 1938 Day of Mourning and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. NAIDOC is 2-9 Julywith the theme ‘Our languages matter’. Check the Indigenous Language map, which locates the 250 odd original language groups across the country, of which only 120 are still spoken, HERE.Read more
Monday 26 June 2017
The 2017-2018 NSW Budget continues the long history of funding roads over public transport. WestConnex will get a whopping $7.2 billion this year alone, compared to $4.9 billion over four years for the metro. Other Sydney motorway projects include the M12, NorthConnex and M5. Expanding roads reduces community space, pollutes the environment and adds to long term congestion.Read more
(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
The amazing, smart, funny and generous George Takei (best known as Start Trek’s Hikaru Sulu) is donating 10 per cent of ticket sales to The Equality Campaign for marriage equality. He’s in Sydney for one night only Friday August 11 at the State Theatre – do join me. Book tickets HERE.
Monday 5 May 2017
Fifty years on from the 1967 referendum that changed the Australian constitution, the Statement on the First Nations National Constitutional Convention released the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart’ to set a new agenda for reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations people. It calls for a representative voice to contribute to the Parliament and a treaty or Makaratta. I’ve asked the Premier what the NSW Government will do to further this process, HERE.
The NSW Parliament is holding a ‘Late Night Sitting’ event with Professor Larissa Behrendt, Research Director at the UTS Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning discussing the 1967 referendum 5-7pm Tuesday 20 June. Visit the historical exhibition on the topic in the vestibule. Details HERE.
Monday 29 May 2017
NSW and California are sister states and I was proud to attend the Long Beach Pride celebrations and speak in the Californian Senate on Harvey Milk’s birthday at the invitation of Senator Ricardo Lara about hope for equal treatment of all people. My speech is HERE.