On the occasion of his ninetieth birthday, I acknowledge and recognise the work of Mr Paul Trevaskis over many decades in his role as Honorary Secretary of the Blue Mountains Commuter and Transport Users Association.Read more
I wish to discuss the workload and its impacts on the lives of our hardworking teachers. It is timely to do so today because students in every school began sitting National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy [NAPLAN] tests to assess their literacy and numeracy. The results will be extrapolated to develop league tables that pit schools, teachers and students against one another.Read more
I thank the member for Maitland, the shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, for bringing this matter of public importance to the attention of the House. I also thank the member for North Shore for her contribution to this debate.Read more
I am pleased to contribute to debate on this important motion. I thank the member for Holsworthy for moving this motion and I thank the member for Fairfield and the member for Heathcote for their contributions. International Firefighters' Day, as we have heard, is observed each year on 4 May when we are invited to remember past firefighters, especially those firefighters who have died while serving our community and those who have dedicated their lives to protecting all of us.Read more
I acknowledge National Road Safety Week in the New South Wales Parliament. Roads infrastructure is important for every electorate, but few more so than the Blue Mountains electorate.
The highway is a way of life for almost every resident of the Blue Mountains. Not only is it our connection to jobs and commerce in Sydney or Lithgow, it is also our main arterial road between each village and town to the shopping centres of Springwood, Katoomba and Winmalee. Likewise for constituents in Mount Wilson, Mount Irvine and Mount Tomah at the northern end of my electorate, the Bells Line of Road is a similar fact of daily life for every resident.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more