Tribute to Maurie 'Moz' Brady

Today I pay tribute to Maurice Damien Brady and celebrate and honour his life.

Born on 9 December 1956, Maurice—known fondly as Moz—was much loved by his family, friends and Blue Mountains community.

He was a tireless and enduring campaigner for social justice. Moz was a family man, a union man, a Labor man—a good man. He was salt of the earth. 

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Women's Reproductive Rights

I take this opportunity to address recent comments made by the new Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, upon her elevation to the Berejiklian Government's ministry.

For many years I have been fighting for women's reproductive rights and autonomy. I do not raise this issue today in the interests of any short-term political point scoring but as a person whose political life has been steeped in the feminist movement and as a member of this Parliament who has been fighting for women's equality and autonomy, including reproductive rights, her whole life.

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Christmas Felicitations

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Merry Christmas and thank you to all.

I will begin by honouring all those who work in and around this place. Many before me have properly and sincerely thanked Government and Opposition members and Ministers, and the leaders of various parties, Madam Speaker, Temporary Speakers, the Leader of the House, and Government and Opposition Whips. I also thank all of my colleagues.

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Biodiversity, Conservation and Land Management Bills 2016

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I will contribute to the debate on the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016.

This legislation is biodiversity conservation in name only. I acknowledge the input and contributions to this debate at the public exhibition stage from peak environmental groups including:

  • the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales;
  • the New South Wales Wilderness Society;
  • the Environmental Defender's Office;
  • the Total Environment Centre;
  • the Blue Mountains Conservation Society;
  • the Colong Foundation;
  • the Blue Mountains Bushcare Network;
  • the Blue Mountains Bird Observers; and
  • the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists.
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Blue Mountains Family History Society

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Last week I had the very good fortune to attend a celebratory event for the thirtieth anniversary of the Blue Mountains Family History Society.

The society was founded in 1968 and provides various services to the Blue Mountains community, holding seminars and regular meetings and offering assistance to people interested in tracing their ancestors.

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Badgerys Creek Airport

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I make a contribution to the ongoing debate in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains about the poorly planned and poorly executed proposal by the Federal Government to build a new airport at Badgerys Creek. I note that in the past week the Federal environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg, has given the project the green light.

I also note that the supposedly "final" environmental impact statement [EIS] still fails to tell residents where flight paths and merge points will be located and which residential areas will be blighted with 24 hours a day, seven days a week aircraft noise.

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Crown Lands Management Bill 2016

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I add my voice to those of my Labor colleagues who have stood together today to point out the shortcomings and failings of the Crown Land Management Bill 2016 introduced by the Baird Government. It is often the strategy of the Baird Government to conceal malice in its legislation with incompetence.

My Labor colleague, the member for Cessnock, spoke for more than 40 minutes earlier today about the implications and unintended consequences of this legislation. These consequences, which one might charitably chalk up as examples of ministerial incompetence, are just as likely ideological and malicious. Under this Government, we must be very careful to know the difference.

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TAFE Funding Guarantee Bill 2016

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I speak in support of the member for Londonderry's private member's bill, the Technical and Further Education Commission Amendment (Funding Guarantee for TAFE) Bill 2016.

This bill will cap contestable public funding for private training providers at a maximum of 30 per cent.

This bill has been brought as a private member's bill by Labor twice now after the Government blocked its progress earlier this year. The bill is necessary because the Baird Liberal Government is responsible for the attempted decimation of TAFE in New South Wales.

TAFE is one of the great public institutions of New South Wales. It is one of the great democratic and social equalisers that allows working-class people to improve their lives.

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SARAH Road Safety

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I move that this House:

1. Notes that at noon on 5 May 2016, all Australians were asked to "Remember the 1200@1200", and pause for a minute's silence to honour the 1,209 people who were killed on our roads last year, including 348 people in New South Wales, as part of National Road Safety Week 2016.

2. Recognises the important work of Safer Australian Roads and Highways [SARAH] Inc. to promote initiatives that will bring about improved road safety and to support those affected by road tragedy, which started as a result of the Hume Highway crash of 15 February 2012 that tragically took the lives of Sarah Frazer and Geoffrey Clark.

 

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Registered Nurses in NSW Nursing Homes

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I thank my colleague the good member for Wallsend for bringing this motion before this place.

It is absolutely imperative that this Government finally acts on the recommendations of its own upper House inquiry into the role of registered nurses in New South Wales nursing homes.

For the benefit of members in this place, I will record in Hansard the key recommendation of the upper House inquiry. Recommendation 7 states:

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