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  • The New South Wales economy has gone from zero to number one in the country under Mike Baird and his Liberal team

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2016 United Nations Day of Vesak

Every year millions of Buddhists around the world celebrate Vesak Day, an officially recognised United Nations holiday that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. This year I was privileged to deliver the official message from the Premier, the Hon. Mike Baird MP, at an event to celebrate this auspicious occasion at Sydney's Town Hall on Sunday 15th May. My speech from the day is contained below. Continue reading

Adjournment on Arts in Western Sydney

Recently I spoke in the Parliament in support of the planned relocation of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, known to most people as the Powerhouse Museum, to Parramatta.In doing so I wanted to highlight the funding deficit for the arts in Western Sydney and the need for fundamental reform to the distribution of cultural investment in New South Wales, of which the relocation of the Powerhouse is a part.Nearly one-third of NSW's population live in western Sydney, but the region receives just 1% of Commonwealth arts program funding and 5.5% of the state government's arts budget.  Continue reading

Speeches on the NSW Lock-out Laws

Recently I spoke on Adjournment in the NSW Upper House to give some context and share my views on the controversial ‘Lock-out’ laws currently in place across parts of the Sydney CBD and Inner-east. The laws are currently being independently reviewed by the Hon. Ian Callinan AC QC.  Over two nights, I spoke about the history of the night-time economy in the Kings Cross area, from my perspective as a Councillor representing the area from 2000, and as a local resident and business-owner. As I said in my speech, there is no doubt the laws have been successful in reducing alcohol-related violence and re-establishing authority on the streets.  The government now needs to think carefully about what we do next to make sure that Sydney continues to be a thriving, creative, world-class city; a city that is safe for everyone to venture out to in the evening. You can read the two short speeches from hansard here, and as always I would be pleased to hear your views on this important issue. Continue reading

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Across the developing world, the 6th of April this year -‘International Day of Sport for Development and Peace’- was greeted with celebration. In Rwanda it was marked by a government announcement that a film production crew would soon start filming video stories by ‘Football for Hope, Peace and Unity’ an organization aiming to use sport to raise awareness and commemorate the genocides in Africa. Closer to home, in Tonga, it was cause for a mass Aerobics session at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall, supported by the Tongan Health Ministry and the Australian Federal Government. Whilst we face different challenges here in Australia, we need look no further than our own backyard to see the valuable role that sport plays in developing a sense of community, keeping communities healthy and active, and overcoming social and economic barriers. I was invited to represent the Minister for Sport the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP at the Sports for Social Change Youth Leaders Forum held at Fairfield Community and Youth Centre. Together with Anne Bunde-Birouste, Founder of Football United, and Mike Brown, Brad McCarrol and Assmaah Helal from Creating Chances, we discussed with a group of young leaders, how sport could help enable the next group of young leaders in their communities. We reflected upon role of sport in social change and peace at both a local and international scale. Continue reading