Fantastic Aussie Tours

I look forward to joining the Fantastic Aussie Tours team and their Blue Mountains Explorer Bus crew in the very near future to celebrate another achievement: One of the oldest tourism vehicle operators in the country will be the first transport service in Australia to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero. Continue reading

Apprenticeship and Trainee Amendment Bill 2017

Alongside my Labor colleagues—including the fabulous member for Londonderry and shadow Minister for Skills, Prue Car—I denounce this latest attack on TAFE by the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government through the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Amendment Bill 2017.     Continue reading

Lawson Mechanics Institute

As the widening of the GWH approached Lawson back in 2007, efforts were made to save the Old hall from demolition. In those days, I was working with Phil Koperberg, former Member for Blue Mountains. Efforts were made to convince then Minister for Roads to remove the front portico & save the hall, given considerable community interest and advocacy to do so. Continue reading

Minister for Women

 I thank the member for Newtown for moving the motion and reiterate my position on comments made by the Minister for Women upon her elevation to the Berejiklian Government's ministry. For my initial effort in discussing a woman's right to choose, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post Australia recorded both my views and the epic eye roll when a male member tried to shut me down. Continue reading

Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017

I make a very brief contribution to debate on the Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017. At the outset I note the remarks of the member for Cessnock that the introduction of this bill is both fundamentally flawed and indicative of an incompetent Government, Minister and Premier. Continue reading

Blue Mountains Schools and Education Forum

On 25 July it was my absolute pleasure to welcome Labor's Shadow Minister for Education, the member for Lakemba, to the Blue Mountains to meet with parents, teachers and interested members of the community to provide an opportunity to voice their concerns about the current state of our schools in New South Wales and to discuss Labor's education policies. Continue reading

Pendragons Abreast Fundraiser

On Saturday 22 July I had the absolute honour of being invited to attend and speak at the gala fundraising event for Pendragons Abreast. This group of women, all living with cancer or survivors of cancer, are nothing short of amazing. Their bravery and resilience is inspiring and a reminder to us all of the preciousness of life. Continue reading

Women's Electoral Lobby

I acknowledge a reception I attended last night at the Sydney Town Hall to recognise 45 years of Women's Electoral Lobby [WEL] action. "Making Women Count" was hosted by Councillor Jess Scully. To the delight of those in attendance, Susan Ryan, AO, and Wendy McCarthy, AO, were in conversation. Continue reading

Domestic Train Manufacturing

It gives me great pleasure to join with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union in moving a platform amendment to ensure that a future Labor Government will build trains for New South Wales in New South Wales. Delegates, I have spent the last 18 months campaigning in the Parliament and throughout my community against the Liberal Government’s disastrous New Intercity Fleet project. It began under Gladys Berejiklian when she was Transport Minister, and which has been bungled every month since by her replacement, Andrew Constance.   Continue reading

Domestic Violence Leave

I am proud to stand here first and foremost as an ASU delegate and member, and I am also privileged to be the Member for Blue Mountains and this is actually the first time I have spoken at Conference. As I revealed in my inaugural speech to NSW Parliament, I was a kid who grew up in a home that was riddled with domestic violence, alcohol and poverty. Continue reading