I am pleased that the Government has brought to the attention of the House an important matter for today's public interest debate and to hear Government members' gratitude for the efforts of our firefighters and emergency services workers.
But as is often the case, I am concerned that Government members have come into the Chamber and said something quick and easy in support of our community but then have walked out, put their ministerial hats back on and refused to adequately fund essential public services that people rely upon, particularly those living in the bush who are facing a severe drought and a bad bushfire season.Read more
I acknowledge the work of the Blue Mountains Hospital Auxiliary, which has been raising funds for Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital for more than 90 years.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
I pay tribute to Frank Hodges, a fabulous and well‑loved teacher from Hazelbrook Public School, a member of my community, a good family man, a cricket enthusiast, and a Labor man.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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