Hazelbrook Scouts

It was with great pleasure that I recently attended the ninety seventh birthday of the Hazelbrook Scouts.

Scouts is the biggest and most successful youth organisation in the world, as we have all heard.

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Kosciuszko Wild Horses Heritage Act Petition

I am proud to have brought a petition with more than 10,000 signatures for debate to Parliament on this very important issue. I pay tribute to the activists and environmentalists who collected the signatures, made their case to the community and built the argument for repeal of the Kosciuszko Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018. As my Labor colleagues and I argued in June 2018, the bill, which is now an Act, has put wild horses—a beautiful animal but nevertheless an introduced pest—above all other ecological, environmental and cultural values within the Kosciuszko National Park. That fact alone speaks to the absurdity, recklessness and short-sightedness of this Government and its position on this matter.

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Tribute to Frank Hodges

I pay tribute to Frank Hodges, a fabulous and wellloved teacher from Hazelbrook Public School, a member of my community, a good family man, a cricket enthusiast, and a Labor man.

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Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019

I speak in support of the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019. This is an important day for all people in New South Wales and it is an opportunity to correct an historic wrong. As the Minister said, we must place the issue of abortion where it should be: as a reproductive health issue and not a criminal act.

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Katoomba Airfield

I thank the members of the Blue Mountains community who have come to Parliament today to listen to the discussion of this petition. The petition brings to the attention of the House plans to develop a new commercial airfield at Medlow Bath in the Blue Mountains. The history of Katoomba airport is an interesting one. A dirt airstrip within bushland at the northern end of the quiet Medlow Bath township, Katoomba Airfield, has been home to small flying clubs and community organisations. For a number of decades it has served as the staging ground for aerial bushfire fighting and rescue activities.

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NSW Police and Fire & Rescue

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.

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Dragons Abreast

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.

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Warragamba Dam

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.

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

On Friday 17 May 2019 the Blue Mountains celebrated 10 years of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia [IDAHOT]. 

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Firefighters Workers Compensation

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. 

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