Speeches

The Minister has doubled down on a policy that will put our bus drivers' jobs at risk, a policy that will threaten our bus stops, our vital bus routes and critical bus maintenance.

October 12, 2017

Speeches

For over 40 years Vivi Germano-Koutsounados has been advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. Vivi migrated to Australia from Greece in 1954 when she was only nine years old. Her experience of migration has driven her passion for multiculturalism, social justice and human rights for migrants and refugees.

October 12, 2017

Speeches

I speak briefly in debate on the Parramatta Park Trust Amendment (Western Sydney Stadium) Bill 2017 which seeks to enable land to be swapped between the Parramatta Park Trust and Venues NSW associated with the construction of the new Western Sydney Stadium.

October 11, 2017

Speeches

Question on Notice to the Minister for Education regarding Dulwich Hill Public School and the rezoning for the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor.

October 11, 2017

Speeches

Question on Notice to the Minister for Education regarding how many school counsellors were employed between 2012 til 2017.

October 11, 2017

Speeches

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2017 seeks to validate the State significant development consent issued to the Springvale mine extension, which is currently being challenged in the Land and Environment Court. The bill also seeks to clarify the application of the "neutral or beneficial effect on water quality" test for assessment of a development application under an existing development consent relating to the Sydney drinking water catchment. 

October 10, 2017

Speeches

On 20 September this year, Tane Chatfield died in custody at Tamworth Correctional Centre. He was 22 years old. A few months earlier, in August, a 47-year-old Indigenous man was found unconscious in his cell at Adelaide City Watch House. In July this year, father of five Eric Whittaker died of a brain haemorrhage at Parklea Correctional Centre, with varying accounts of his death given to his family. Eric's cousin David Dungay had also died in custody, two years before. These men are just the latest in a shamefully long line of Indigenous Australians to die in custody. Of course, behind each of these tragic cases lies a hard truth, one best told in numbers.

October 10, 2017

Speeches

Few women have had as great an impact on the Australian labour movement than Barbara Murphy, AO.

Barbara was a much-loved and highly effective educator, working in Sydney schools for more than 25 years before joining the NSW Teachers Federation, where she served as both senior vice-president and deputy president.

September 21, 2017

Speeches

That this House:

  1. Notes the extraordinary work of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia (RDVSA) which provides specialist sexual assault and domestic violence trauma counselling services for the national 1800 RESPECT line.

September 20, 2017

Speeches

Residents across the inner west – and indeed across Australia – have started receiving their postal surveys on marriage equality.

September 19, 2017