Tribute to Kevin Simpson

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. 

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Homelessness Week 2020

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.

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Gender Pay Gap

I move:

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.

 

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Narrabri Gas Project

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.

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Vale Gihan Kerollos

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. 

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Domestic Violence and Homelessness

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.

 

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Coercive Control Bill

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains) (11:52:25): I support the fantastic member for Shellharbour and her motion, which reads:

That this House:

(1)Notes that reports from the New South Wales Domestic Violence Review Team show that in 99 per cent of domestic violence cases in New South Wales, the relationship between a victim of domestic violence and their abuser is characterised by the abuser's use of coercive and controlling behaviours towards the victim.

 

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International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

In the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, I thank Kathryn Taylor and her colleagues. I give voice to her thoughts today and share her words with the House:

... I don't want a free McDonald's coffee on my way to Nepean Hospital to work on the front line as a midwife.

I don't want to home-school my teenager after a night shift.

 

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Great Western Highway Duplication

The number one move in the New South Wales Government's playbook when it comes to rolling out projects opposed by communities is the "divide and conquer" move. That is exactly what is currently unfolding in my electorate of the Blue Mountains with the Great Western Highway supposed duplication project. The Liberal Government is running an absolute sham of a consultation process, which is more about guiding people toward its preferred option and shutting out opposition than it is about genuine community consultation and problem solving. Not that long ago secret meetings were happening in the upper mountains, where the Transport for NSW team met with a school and told them that they would be fine and would not have to worry because there was already a preferred option selected. Then there are other groups who cannot get a say or play a role, no matter how hard they try. I guess the outlook is not as optimistic for them.

 

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COVID-19 Small Business Grants and the Impact on Women

I wrote to the Minister for Finance and Small Business a month ago to raise my concerns that the COVID-19 small business grants discriminated against women. I am yet to receive a response from the Minister or from anyone in the Government—and so the unintentional consequences of ill‑advised and poorly thought through policy on the hop continue. When the Government has only a single solution to the huge economic downturn that we are experiencing, which is to provide a grant to businesses that has tight eligibility requirements and hoop after hoop to jump through, it risks excluding people. That is exactly what the New South Wales Government has done.

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