Olsen Family, Katoomba

I acknowledge and honour the Olsen family from Katoomba: Angus, Rachel, Holly and Jane.

Nine months ago, at just two years of age, little Jane was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma.

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Granville Train Disaster Apology

I wish to make a contribution in support of the Granville train disaster apology motion passed earlier this month in this Parliament and to speak to this motion, which is an acknowledgement of the first responders, adding my voice to the contributions made by the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the member for Granville and the Leader of the House. I thank each of them for their respective contributions.

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Regional Transport Infrastructure

The Berejiklian Government is desperately in need of a morale boost after successive question times that have left Government members feeling a bit flat and lifeless. The Government has had such a poor showing of late that it is a bit embarrassing.

So we have this pathetic, backslapping motion which is designed to cheer up members like the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance. 

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Registered Nurses in Aged Care Facilities

I make a contribution to debate on the Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill 2016. Since I was elected, I have spoken on numerous occasions on this issue in this place. It was one of the first matters I spoke about. I am pleased to do so on behalf of the Labor Opposition and my community. Friday 12 May is International Nurses Day and it is fitting that today we are debating this bill. This bill is about the minimum standards of care afforded to our elderly citizens in aged care facilities or nursing homes. 

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Blue Mountains Black & Silver Ball

Last week I attended the Inaugural Black and Silver Ball organised by Margie Gargan, Ken Devine, Michael Small and Jenny Montgomery on behalf of the Upper Blue Mountains Sunrise Rotary.

The ball was well supported, raising around $10,000 for Wentworth Community Housing's Ending Homelessness project.

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Blue Mountains Environment Conservation

This evening I update the Parliament on the status of our pristine natural environment in the Blue Mountains and the Greater Blue Mountains region, including the Gardens of Stone National Park which needs protection.

The Gardens of Stone National Park lies to the north west of my electorate and shares a boundary with the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park. Among others, both the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the Colong Foundation for Wilderness are active in advocacy and policy development, as well as physical remediation and protection of wilderness areas.

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Hawkesbury Heights Walking Trail

Today I acknowledge the members of the Hawkesbury Heights community who have worked with me to improve the access and amenity of Hawkesbury Road for local residents.

The Hawkesbury Heights community has been asking for a walking track for years. This vital and relatively simple infrastructure is desperately needed.

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National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day

I support this matter of public importance on domestic violence raised by the member for Maitland. The member is the shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and I thank her for bringing this matter before the House.

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HSC Standards

The Labor Party firmly believes that an excellent education system provides young people with the best opportunities to succeed beyond school, but we do not support this Government's changes to linking year 9 NAPLAN tests with receipt of the Higher School Certificate.

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Blackheath Public School Nourish Cookbook

I commend the fantastic Blackheath Public School for its production of Nourish—Food for the Heart and Soul, which is a cookbook of beauty, and for its efforts in being named the best practice model for healthy canteens across New South Wales.

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