Apology to the 78ers

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[Download PDF] All the way from the Blue Mountains or, as some have renamed them, the Pink Mountains, I add my voice to the many today who have said sorry to those people arrested by the State of New South Wales in 1978 for fighting for equality, acceptance and the right to have pride in themselves.

It is long overdue that this Parliament apologises for its part in a long history of oppression and marginalisation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning [LGBTIQ] communities.

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Matter of Public Importance: Ovarian Cancer

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[Download PDF] I support the matter of public importance and my colleague, the wonderful member for Swansea, in recognising that Wednesday 24 February is Teal Ribbon Day. I acknowledge the contribution of the member for Cootamundra.

Today we wear a teal ribbon as it is the international colour for ovarian cancer. Teal Ribbon Day is a way to demonstrate our support for ovarian cancer research and awareness. It is also an occasion to recognise those affected by this disease. I urge members to get behind local efforts in their community and support awareness-raising events.

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Tribute to Tony Sharpe

[Download PDF] Today I recognise the life of Tony Sharpe, long-time member of the Blue Mountains community.

I note his passing on 18 February 2016.

He went too soon. 

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Housing Affordability

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[Download PDF] As all members of this House are aware, we are experiencing a housing and homelessness crisis in this State.

The cost of housing for prospective buyers and those in the rental market has blown out in recent years.

This in turn has pushed low-income earners and workers to the absolute limit as it has become increasingly impossible for them to afford housing.

With the push by many in business and our conservative governments toward casualised, insecure employment, more people are living in housing stress.

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Winmalee Rural Fire Service

[Download PDF] Nearly 2½ years on from horrific bushfires, Winmalee Rural Fire Service brigade hosted the official opening of its new satellite fire station at Yellow Rock on Saturday 6 February 2016.

In October 2013, the Blue Mountains townships of Yellow Rock, Winmalee and Mount Victoria were devastated by bushfire.

More than 200 homes were destroyed and many others damaged. Many families were displaced.

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Politics in the Pub: Gonski Funding

[Download PDF] On 14 November the Blue Mountains Unions Council held an inspiring Politics in the Pub forum at the Katoomba Family Hotel.

The focus, most positively, was about Gonski funding and local schools: Gonski Gold—Kids that Shine!

The forum highlighted the very practical difference that Federal Labor's needs-based funding model is making for all Australian children—wherever they live, whatever school they attend.

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Tribute to Bob Montgomery and Peter Shehadie

[Download PDF] Last month members of the Rotary Club of Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise, friends, family and the community welcomed home local residents Bob Montgomery and Peter Shehadie. I joined them to applaud their efforts. Bob, who is in his seventies, had just completed a bike ride—with Peter nearby in the Winnebago support vehicle—from Perth to Leura. 

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Western Sydney Airport

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[Download PDF] On behalf of my Blue Mountains community, I rise today to question the value of a second Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.

Now that the Abbott and Turnbull Federal Government has decided to go ahead with their airport, I want to place on the record the unacceptable impacts my community will be forced to bear as a result of their decision.

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Blue Mountains Small Business Awards

[Download PDF] On Friday 23 October 2015 I attended the ninth annual Blue Mountains Business Awards presentation night at the Fairmont Resort in Leura.

I was a guest of the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber at these awards, and I thank President Vent Thomas and Business Awards Manager Heather Shepherd for their efforts and energy in supporting business achievements and organising such a fabulous night.

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Graffiti Removal

[Download PDF] New South Wales Graffiti Removal Day occurred on 18 October.

Successive governments have been committed to reducing graffiti vandalism by encouraging local communities to get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti.

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