In the past eight years the Government has failed to make significant inroads in reducing domestic and family violence. That is a fact. Following a review of one of the Government's signature domestic violence programs, the Premier abandoned one of her key Premier's Priorities to lower domestic violence reoffending rates by 25 per cent, instead pushing that target back another two years.
We cannot allow another 12 or 18 months to pass and allow this Government to keep revising its target dates off into the never-never. Those who work at the coalface in this State are telling us what we need to do to address this important issue. The Women's Safety NSW chief executive Hayley Foster has said that more funding is needed for case management for women once they have left a violent situation.Read more
My contribution to debate on the Right to Farm Bill 2019 will be brief, yet it is necessary. I grew up in the Riverina, so I do not want to hear Nationals Members complain that this is a speech being given by someone who does not know anything about farm life or the realities of managing livestock on the land. I will get that out of the way quickly because it is all too easy for The Nationals to bleat and moan about Labor not knowing anything of the bush, while they collect their travel allowances to subsidise their inner-city accommodation.
I will not be lectured by them.Read more
Tonight I speak about the New South Wales Liberal Government's plan to raise the Warragamba Dam wall and flood the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in a cynical and dishonest exercise to open up flood-prone land for property developers along the Hawkesbury‑Nepean River.Read more
I am pleased that the Government has brought to the attention of the House an important matter for today's public interest debate and to hear Government members' gratitude for the efforts of our firefighters and emergency services workers.
But as is often the case, I am concerned that Government members have come into the Chamber and said something quick and easy in support of our community but then have walked out, put their ministerial hats back on and refused to adequately fund essential public services that people rely upon, particularly those living in the bush who are facing a severe drought and a bad bushfire season.Read more
I acknowledge the work of the Blue Mountains Hospital Auxiliary, which has been raising funds for Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital for more than 90 years.Read more
It was with great pleasure that I recently attended the ninety seventh birthday of the Hazelbrook Scouts.
Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in the world, as we have all heard.Read more
I am proud to have brought a petition with more than 10,000 signatures for debate to Parliament on this very important issue. I pay tribute to the activists and environmentalists who collected the signatures, made their case to the community and built the argument for repeal of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018. As my Labor colleagues and I argued in June 2018, the bill, which is now an Act, has put wild horses—a beautiful animal but nevertheless an introduced pest—above all other ecological, environmental and cultural values within the Kosciuszko National Park. That fact alone speaks to the absurdity, recklessness and short-sightedness of this Government and its position on this matter.Read more
I pay tribute to Frank Hodges, a fabulous and well‑loved teacher from Hazelbrook Public School, a member of my community, a good family man, a cricket enthusiast, and a Labor man.Read more
I speak in support of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. This is an important day for all people in New South Wales and it is an opportunity to correct an historic wrong. As the Minister said, we must place the issue of abortion where it should be: as a reproductive health issue and not a criminal act.Read more
I thank the members of the Blue Mountains community who have come to Parliament today to listen to the discussion of this petition. The petition brings to the attention of the House plans to develop a new commercial airfield at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains. The history of Katoomba airport is an interesting one. A dirt airstrip within bushland at the northern end of the quiet Medlow Bath township, Katoomba Airfield, has been home to small flying clubs and community organisations. For a number of decades it has served as the staging ground for aerial bushfire fighting and rescue activities.Read more