Domestic Train Manufacturing

It gives me great pleasure to join with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union in moving a platform amendment to ensure that a future Labor Government will build trains for New South Wales in New South Wales.

Delegates, I have spent the last 18 months campaigning in the Parliament and throughout my community against the Liberal Government’s disastrous New Intercity Fleet project. It began under Gladys Berejiklian when she was Transport Minister, and which has been bungled every month since by her replacement, Andrew Constance.

 

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Domestic Violence Leave

I am proud to stand here first and foremost as an ASU delegate and member, and I am also privileged to be the Member for Blue Mountains and this is actually the first time I have spoken at Conference.

As I revealed in my inaugural speech to NSW Parliament, I was a kid who grew up in a home that was riddled with domestic violence, alcohol and poverty.

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State Budget 2017

If the people of New South Wales needed any evidence why my motion should be accorded priority, they found it in the desperate and tedious efforts of Government members during question time today and the limp motion of the member for Tweed.

The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, made no effort today to explain to the people why her budget is geared so heavily towards punishing low-and-middle-income earners. Instead, she used question time to once again whinge and complain about what Labor did in government 20 years ago.

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M4 Tolls Petition Debate

I speak in support of all the signatories to the petition against the M4 toll.

This petition has received more than 13,000 signatures from across the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney region. The reason is obvious. This new toll, brought back from the dead by the zombies opposite, will hit low- and middle-income families hard. 

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Katoomba Rotary Club 80th Birthday

In celebrating its eightieth birthday and the annual changeover, the fabulous and committed folk of the Katoomba Rotary Club held a Murder Mystery event last weekend. 

The venue was the gorgeous ballroom at the Grand Hydro Majestic Hotel in Medlow Bath in our magical wintry Blue Mountains. 

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Palliative Care in Orange NSW

I support the petition on palliative care services from the people of Orange and thank the member for Orange for bringing this matter of public importance to this place.

We cannot stress enough the importance of holistic palliative care to provide the best quality of life possible up to the point of death. There is concern about the inadequacy of existing palliative care services across the State but in particular in outer urban and regional areas, such as Orange.

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Cynthia Walker Memoir

Cynthia (Cindy) Walker spent 22 years living in the Rainbow Lodge, first in the Hawkesbury then in the Blue Mountains' beautiful Woodford.

This was a time when people with disabilities were institutionalised, shut away from the world with few opportunities.

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Crimes Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017

Revenge porn occurs when someone shares or broadcasts, or threatens to share or broadcast, a private sexual image or video recording of someone else—often, but not always, of a former partner—without their consent. Revenge porn occurs when a former or current partner shares or distributes intimate images or video, but it also occurs when those images are stolen and distributed by a third-party.

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Status of TAFE

I speak on behalf of the teachers and educators in my electorate who are doing an awesome job. As a teacher, I know that many people employed by the New South Wales Government in our schools and TAFEs feel that they are unable to speak out publicly against the failings, incompetence and ideological agenda of Liberal governments.

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20th Anniversary of the 'Bringing Them Home' Report

I thank the member for Wyong, David Harris, for bringing the discussion of this matter of public importance to this place and I thank the member for Coogee for his heartfelt contribution to the debate.

In this place, I represent the people of the Darug and Gundungurra nations living in the Blue Mountains electorate and I pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.

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