Monday 10 July 2017
Consumers now have to do a lot of investigating to find the best deals, which will depend on use, contract conditions and greenpower needs. See www.energymadeeasy.gov.au and have details of your electricity and gas bills to work out the best arrangement.Read more
Monday 10 July 2017
Some services are best provided by governments and in Parliament I supported an Opposition motion to block a law that will enable the privatisation of Services NSW operations. Services NSW provides essential government services like registration of births, deaths, marriages, vehicles and business and licensing including medical assessments. I told Parliament it is not appropriate to let a for-profit company manage the private and personal information held by the service.Read more
Follow the links below to see my questions in parliament and Ministers' responses.
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
Tuesday 14 June 2017
Next week is Refugee Week, with the launch Friday 16 June 10am-2pm at Paddington Town Hall, with speakers from refugee backgrounds, celebrated poet Hani Abdile, live entertainment, the 2017 NSW Humanitarian Awards and Mem Fox reading from ‘I'm Australian Too’. RSVP HERE.
Sydney Multicultural Community Services has a celebration on Wednesday 21 June 10.30am-12.30pm with entertainment and food. Details: phone 9663 3922. The Refugee Film Festival 17-18 June, information HERE.
More events 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
I’ve asked the Premier about what the NSW Government has done and will do to progress long-delayed action on the ‘Bringing Them Home report about the Stolen Generations. The Healing Foundation’s report calls for a needs assessment of survivors, reparations and support to address intergenerational trauma. My questions are HERE.
Monday 29 May 2017
I’m pleased that the Minister for Foreign Affairs has responded to my representations about impacts of the Global Gag rule, confirming that the Australian Government will continue funding family planning and health programs within Australian overseas aid programs.
Read the Minister's response HERE.
My letter to the Minister is HERE.