I make a contribution to debate on the Liquor Amendment (24-Hour Economy) Bill 2020. To begin, I note a few issues. The bill includes changes to the New South Wales liquor laws to help create a vibrant, safe and strong 24-hour economy and support the recovery of our night‑life after COVID-19 restrictions are eased.Read more
I want everyone to take a minute to picture some of this bunch opposite sitting around a fancy table drinking sparkling water in front of a whiteboard and having a little brainstorm. They have their goal written in the middle of the whiteboard in black marker—probably a permanent marker because the Deputy Premier has taken charge—and they are working backwards, starting with the goal and then figuring out all of the steps to get them there.Read more
It is with pleasure that I acknowledge a constituent from my electorate the Blue Mountains, Mr John O'Sullivan. He has worked for and with our local community his entire life.Read more
In this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, I posthumously honour Kevin Simpson of the Blue Mountains. Kevin was born on 10 May 1954 in Bourke, New South Wales. He died suddenly on 15 December 2019 in Hazelbrook, doing something he loved, teaching karate. Kevin had a rough start to his life in the Far West Children's Home.Read more
New South Wales is facing a homelessness crisis with burgeoning numbers of marginalised people sleeping rough and couch surfing. This is evident in our cities and our towns. Indeed, we see it on street corners in this very beautiful and affluent city. In my role as shadow Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence community organisations tell me of this increasing need. The fastest growing group of homeless people is women over the age of 50. Services are being inundated yet there are no long-term solutions.Read more
That this House:
(1)Recognises women still earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts and pay equity is a gendered issue.
(2)Acknowledges 89 percent of nurses are female and the Government's wage freeze will disproportionately hurt women.
Today I speak to a petition from a remarkable bunch of people, the Knitting Nannas. They are women who care earnestly and deeply about our environment, the future of this beautiful planet that we live on and the future of our children and our grandchildren. That is something I hope we will all agree is of utmost importance. The Knitting Nannas have collected 11,338 signatories to this petition. The citizens of New South Wales have brought to our attention the potential for the Narrabri gas project to produce significant pollution to air, soil and water systems, including the Great Artesian Basin.Read more
On Saturday 18 May 2019 the life of a wonderful woman, a loving mother of three, was cut short when she was brutally murdered by her husband. Gihan "Gigi" Kerollos, was a nurse. Leaving work at the Prince of Wales Hospital campus in Randwick, she became the 24th Australian woman to be murdered in 2019.Read more
It is time for change—changing a society permissive of violence against women. We must never underestimate the scale and impact of domestic and family violence on the lives of women and children and their families. According to the Australian Women's Health Network:
Intimate partner violence is prevalent, serious and preventable; it is also a crime.