Tuesday 23 May
HEART AND HAND 2
St Canice’s Church works with some of the most vulnerable people in the local area. The Heart and Hand 2 Concert of Opera + Song on Sunday 28 May, 3pm at St Canice’s will raise funds for the St Canice’s Kitchen and Railaco Jesuit Mission East Timor. Details HERE.
Have a great week
Tuesday 16 May
There’s a vigil at Taylor Square Wednesday 17 May to draw attention and call for Australian Government response to reports that homosexual men are being rounded up, held in concentration camps, tortured and killed by Chechnyan authorities, who are also calling for families to kill gay relatives.Read more
Tuesday 16 May
Today is the closing date for comment on proposals for constitutional reform that would include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove clauses that allow racial discrimination. The Human Rights Commission has details HERE. You can provide feedback to the Referendum Council HERE.
Tuesday 9 May
Last week we again debated Safe Schools with government contributions pandering to community misinformation about what simply is an LGBTI focused anti-bullying resource that schools can opt to use. The federal government will cease funding the program and while the state government promised to develop a broader anti-bullying resource to replace it, it used the opportunity to attack the program.Read more
(Petitions Discussion , Thursday 04 May 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
School is a vital part of development and the impact of discrimination, unfair treatment, abuse or bullying on young people at school can have lasting impacts.
Countless studies have shown that LGBTI students experience high levels of verbal and physical homophobic abuse at school. The Australian Human Rights Commission 2015 SOGII report, launched by federal Attorney General George Brandis, identified that young LGBTI people face unique challenges at school because of their sense of difference, LGBTI status and the attitudes of peers and families during a vulnerable and developmental phase.Read more
(Community Recognition Statement, Thursday 04 May 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
I commend WayAhead Mental Health Association NSW for its 85 years of work to increase community awareness and understanding of mental health issues. This is also the tenth anniversary of WayAhead's workplace health network—WayAhead Workplaces. This community-based charity organisation provides information like the Mental Health Support Line, WayAhead Directory, mental health factsheets and education seminars, anxiety support groups and self-help anxiety courses throughout New South Wales,Read more
Tuesday 2 May
I’m pleased to join Rainbow Families NSW at their International Family Equality Day Sunday 7 May at the Brick Kilns Sydney Park 11am-2:30pm. The group has prepared a report on LGBTIQ-parented families’ experiences for the NSW Parliamentary LGBTIQ Friendship Group. RSVP: email@example.com; 0426 626 166.
Friday 21 April 2017
I support the campaign to keep funding family planning and health programs within the Australian overseas aid program. Complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth and unsafe abortions kill about 830 women and girls in developing countries each day. The last time the Global Gag rule was applied, abortion rates doubled where funds were cut.
10 April 2017
I was pleased to join federal MP Tanya Plibersek to launch the new book ‘Women of Pyrmont’, which shows how women in the newly redeveloped Pyrmont built a strong and connected community. I congratulated all those involved with the book in Parliament, HERE.
Monday 10 April 2017
I recently talked on ABC Radio National’s Nightlife with Sarah Macdonald, who asked Californian Senator Ricardo Lara and me about friendship, politics and marriage quality (30 mins), listen HERE.
Dean Beck interviewed me on Joy FM about my work as an MP and advocate (1 hour), listen HERE.