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National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for Australians to stop and reflect on the unfinished business of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. As a nation we must acknowledge the actions of the past that have brought so much pain to Indigenous Australians and we must recognise the ongoing disadvantage that they face.

May 24, 2017

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 I speak in debate on the Liquor Amendment (Reviews) Bill 2017. The bill legislates a number of reforms announced by the Government in relation to the review of the so-called lockout laws conducted by former High Court Justice Ian Callinan. As foreshadowed by the Minister for Lands and Forestry, and Minister for Racing this bill enacts those recommendations that were unable to be prescribed through regulation. 

May 23, 2017

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When it comes to public education, we must pull back the pendulum and restore the ability of all parents to make these decisions for themselves.

May 11, 2017

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I am in awe of those mums out there who are balancing complex needs, including single mums, mums caring for children with disability or illness, and mums with postnatal depression or facing their own health issues.

May 11, 2017

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This year's theme "Love Makes a Family" focuses on the importance of celebrating family diversity. This year's events will also recognise the horrific abuse and murder of gay men in Chechnya.

May 10, 2017

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The Leader of the Opposition and NSW Labor have had the backbone to rule out One Nation preferences in New South Wales but the Premier and those opposite have refused to do the same. 

May 09, 2017

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The work of Barnardos and other services is critical because they lift young people out of the cycle and help them realise their full potential. 

May 05, 2017

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The Ethnic Child Care, Family and Community Services Co-operative in Marrickville is a vital organisation for those from culturally and linguistically diverse [CALD] backgrounds. It works to connect services and to ensure CALD residents have access to children's services, aged care services, and services for the elderly or the disabled. It works alongside other fantastic organisations in the inner west, including Community and Cultural Connections, that work to give independence to vulnerable members of our multicultural community.

May 04, 2017

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A young LGBTI person is 14 times more likely to commit suicide. That is the enormity of the problem that faces us.

May 04, 2017

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Every afternoon, every lunch break, every weekend, a battle is played out on park benches, sporting fields and baby swings across the inner west. Open and green spaces are at a premium and every square metre of grass is accounted for. Residents using these spaces in a variety of ways crash into each other, sometimes quite literally. 

May 03, 2017