Timor Leste

The Blue Mountains community enjoys a close relationship with the people of Timor-Leste. We are a small region, yet we host several East Timor support groups, and many individuals have undertaken fundraising and volunteer roles in East Timor. Today, Timor-Leste enjoys a period of growth and stability. However, following the 1999 referendum for independence, a campaign of violence was unleashed.

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May Day 2018

Today I acknowledge that it is May Day, International Workers Day, and I congratulate the members of worker collectives, otherwise known as unions, who are out in the street today encouraging people to join their union.

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Tribute to Jim Tulip

Today I attended the funeral of Jim Tulip at Leura Uniting Church. James George "Jim" Tulip was born on 15 February 1934 and died at home peacefully on 5 April 2018 after a serious illness.

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Youth Homelessness

I speak on today's matter of public importance, youth homelessness. I thank the member for Bankstown for raising this important issue.

We all come to this place to represent our communities and to advocate for the most vulnerable people in those communities. There are few people more vulnerable than the homeless, and particularly young people who are sleeping rough. As a State, we need to do much more to address the growing issue of homelessness.

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Regional Roads Infrastructure

The Blue Mountains electorate is often misunderstood by residents of Sydney, bureaucrats and other politicians in this place. It is easy to think of the Blue Mountains as a single community or a contained physical entity. However, stretching over 60 kilometres along a narrow ridgeline, my electorate is the same width as Sydney itself.

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Blue Mountains Netball Association

On Saturday 8 April, I attended the opening ceremony of the 2018 winter competition with the Blue Mountains Netball Association.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of netball in the Blue Mountains.

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Labor's Workers Compensation Reform Bill

The Workers Compensation Amendment (Protection of Injured Workers) Bill 2017, which was introduced by the member for Cessnock, deals with journey claims, weekly payments and other matters. Labor's shadow Minister for Finance, Services and Property introduced this bill to seek to redress some of the most extreme and harmful negative impacts of the O'Farrell Government's changes in 2012 to the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme.

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It Stops Here: Safer Pathway

Recently in the Blue Mountains I launched the domestic violence program It Stops Here: Safer Pathway. With more than 40 people in attendance, I was overwhelmed by the positive response from the local police, specialist domestic violence, health and community services.

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Tribute to Train Guard Greg Norris

On Wednesday 7 March just after 10.00 p.m., train W587 was approaching Lawson station with the eighth carriage roof engulfed in flames.

Lithgow train guard Greg Norris acted in a professional and efficient manner.

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Tribute to Blue Mountains Women

On this International Women's Day 2018 I recognise the many fantastic and inspiring women in the electorate of the Blue Mountains. It is not often that our humble hardworking staff are noted in this place. 

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