This motion yet again reveals the cynical self-interest that drives this Government. The member for Holsworthy routinely comes to Parliament with inane motions that do little to contribute to public debate. On 8 May she moved a motion to congratulate the Government on its election result two months earlier. Today we are forced to listen to the crow and spin about the Government's mismanagement of the emergency services sector. The member for Holsworthy tells us that the Government is a friend of emergency services but Labor—and, more importantly, emergency services workers and volunteers—know this is a lie.Read more
I recognise Dragons Abreast members who come from Penrith, Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains.
I was delighted to attend the recent Come and Try Day for dragon boating at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Dragons Abreast crews are made up of breast cancer survivors.Read more
Tonight I speak about the Warragamba Dam wall project on behalf of a number of people in my community. I begin by acknowledging Aunty Sharyn Halls, Kazan Brown and young Taylor Clarke, who have been a fortifying part of this campaign. They have been members of registered Aboriginal parties who have expressed strong opposition to the New South Wales Government's proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall.Read more
On Friday 17 May 2019 the Blue Mountains celebrated 10 years of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia [IDAHOT].Read more
Recently the Government tried to sneakily pass on the costs of its new measures to increase workers compensation coverage for volunteer and career firefighters to ordinary people across New South Wales, including those emergency service workers whom the Government's measures are meant to assist. Instead of funding its workers compensation package from Consolidated Revenue and the workers compensation scheme, the Government decided—without telling the public—that funding for the changes would be collected from the emergency services levy.Read more
I congratulate Claire Dunning and Tessa Hitchens from the 1st Blaxland Scout Group on receiving the prestigious Queen's Scout Award.Read more
As it is National Reconciliation Week, I acknowledge the recent publication ofAboriginal Heritage of the Blue Mountains: Recent Research and Reflections and the intense, crucial work that was done in its creation. This tome was authored by Bruce Cameron, Michael Jackson, Evan Yanna Muru Gallard, Grace Karskens, Wayne R. Brennan, Jim Smith and Eugene Stockton; edited by Kelvin Knox and Reverend Dr Eugene Stockton; and published by the Blue Mountains Education and Research Trust from Lawson. Its design and layout was by Allan Walsh of Hazelbrook and it was printed by Bennetts of Leura. This is indeed a truly local publication.Read more
On the weekend in Wentworth Falls I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at an art exhibition entitled Fractured Fairytales, featuring photographic works of local artist Livonne Larkins.Read more
My motion, which urges this House to recognise the need for urgent action on climate change and express concern that the Treasurer of New South Wales has defended climate change sceptics while describing spending on climate change as a "gratuitous waste", should have precedence tomorrow. It is crucial that we reorder business for tomorrow so that we can establish on the record in this place just how deeply the climate scepticism of the New South Wales Liberals runs and how the leadership of this Government is compromised by hard Right faction ideologues like Dominic Perrottet.
I thank the member for Heathcote for bringing forward this matter of public importance. It gives me great pleasure to speak about National Road Safety Week and to join with my colleagues in Parliament to acknowledge National Road Safety Week. It is especially important to me as I acknowledge the important work done by Peter Frazer, from the Blue Mountains, through the Safer Australian Roads and Highways Group. Peter Frazer tragically lost his daughter Sarah Frazer, one of my constituents, to a road accident on the Hume Highway in 2012. I acknowledge the tragic consequences of this event on the lives of Sarah's friends and family, and on the loved ones of the tow truck driver who was also killed in that accident.Read more