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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Tribute to Marilla North

I recognise the fabulous work of Marilla North, author of the Come in Dymphna biographical series, which includes Yarn Spinners and Dymphna Cusack: Lucky in Love. The fascinating life of Dymphna has been uncovered in Marilla's brilliant recreation of her life.

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NSW Public Transport Services

I notice that the Minister does not have the intestinal fortitude to hang around and listen to me.

My motion must be accorded priority because the farce that is this Government's mishandling and bungling of public transport matters must eventually come to an end. It simply has to stop.

The Minister for Transport and Infrastructure is on the record telling the people of New South Wales that in the ideal world of his boyhood fantasies, the New South Wales Government would not be providing public transport at all. Minister Constance is kept up at night with visions of a fully privatised transport system that delivers mega profits to big business and does not employ a single worker. The failed New Intercity Fleet procurement project is testimony to that.

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40th Anniversary of 1978 Mardi Gras

I am pleased to discuss as the matter of public importance the fortieth anniversary of the 1978 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

In the past couple of years parliaments at a State and Federal level have taken significant steps on the pathway to progress and justice for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning [LGBTIQ] community.

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Housing Stress and Homelessness

As many members of this House know, housing stress and homelessness are currently the issues that present most frequently in our electorate offices. Every week several constituents, who often are in a state of quiet desperation as they face eviction and struggle to find a suitable new home they can afford, attend my electorate office.

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Tribute to Helen Walker

On 14 September 2017 Helen Walker passed away, leaving the Blue Mountains community, her friends, colleagues and family too soon.

Helen was one of those people who restored your faith in the inherent goodness of humankind.

 

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