Domestic and Personal Violence Bills 2016

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I support the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (National Domestic Violence Orders Recognition) Bill 2016.

At no time before has there been a national dialogue occurring across our nation on the often hidden and always shameful act of domestic violence.

In speaking to this bill I must first pay my respects to the women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a major betrayal of trust that has long-term psychological and physical impacts, as well as long-lasting intergenerational effects.

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Commercialisation of Sydney Harbour National Park

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I support this petition all the way from the Blue Mountains and I appreciate the Attorney General outlining her reasons for supporting it.

It has to be said that there does not seem to be a patch of grass or building in Sydney that the Premier does not want to commercialise or sell off, and that includes our precious national parks.

The Gap Bluff proposal for Watsons Bay in South Head National Park is just one of many. 

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Oatley Railway Station Upgrade

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I note the wording of this motion that the good member for Oatley has proposed. He is right to be pleased with his Government's pork-barrelling in his electorate. He is the beneficiary of the stamp duty bonanza that underpins the Baird Government's budget surplus at the expense of Sydney housing affordability.

While Mike Baird has been looking after his own supporters in safe Liberal seats, elsewhere in the state the Premier is missing in action. 

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MAPSPACE Exhibition

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I had the very great pleasure of opening the MAPSPACE exhibition on Friday 11 March 2016. Curated by Modern Art Projects [MAP] in collaboration with the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery—our cultural centre—MAPSPACE features a series of artworks at the nexus of art and architecture created by contemporary artists residing in the Blue Mountains and the Central West. So many incredible exhibitors are featured in this dynamic synthesis of design, architecture and contemporary artistic practice that it is nationally and internationally recognised.

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Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement

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As a member of the Labor team I oppose the Baird Government's anti-democratic agenda and the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016.

We stand alongside activists and environmentalists in their fight to stop the spread of coal seam gas exploration and mining in New South Wales.

More than this, Labor stands alongside ordinary citizens to defend the right to protest peacefully against any or all manner of government transgressions—be they by this Conservative Baird Government or any future government. 

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Problems at Nepean Hospital

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The Nepean Hospital at the foot of the Blue Mountains is the key tertiary care hospital providing services to constituents from my electorate. It provides critical health and emergency care services to more than 350,000 people.

The Baird Government has starved it of critical funds, which has placed staff and patients under severe stress. 

I condemn the Baird Government and the Minister for Health for reneging on the $360 million election promise to adequately fund Nepean Hospital.

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Domestic Violence Services

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[Download PDF] Tonight I discuss some of the issues that came out of a domestic violence roundtable that I held recently in my electorate.

Before I do that, I acknowledge that people on all sides of politics and across the spectrum are concerned about this issue and want to do the very best they can for those in their electorates. I also welcome Jenny Aitchison to the shadow ministry as the shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. I have recently discussed with her some of the issues that arose at the roundtable.

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Shine Community Choir

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Formed in 2012, Shine brings together a diverse range of singers, some with previous singing experience and others who are just discovering their talents.

They perform whenever and wherever they have the opportunity to.

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Clean Up Australia Day

[Download PDF] I join the member for Summer Hill and the member for Terrigal in speaking about Clean Up Australia Day. Last Sunday I had the pleasure of working alongside the Mid Mountains Branch of the Labor Party as well as many others from my local community who joined us in cleaning up a patch at Plantation Street and surrounds in Wentworth Falls.

In doing so, I joined hundreds of thousands of Australians who care about our environment and our quality of life. 

From Mount Victoria's Berghofers Pass to Summerhayes Park, Winmalee, and beyond, hundreds of Australians, young and old, took time out to help their community and the environment.

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Health Practitioner Regulation

[Download PDF] It is important to have cooperation with participating jurisdictions and the Commonwealth.

I will outline a few critical points in relation to the hospitals that my community rely upon for their health care or that they work within. 

The Premier and his Minister for Health are presiding over a health system that is stretched to its limits. 

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