• I believe in a transparent, collaborative approach to government.

  • I want to help New South Wales find innovative solutions to tomorrow’s challenges.

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

  • I believe in Western Sydney and its potential.

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On Thursday, 26 May 2016 Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian released the Future State: NSW 2056 report, which gives an insight into what NSW might look like in the next 40 years and provides suggestions on how the country’s number one economy might become an even more attractive place to live and work. The intergenerational report is published every five years and projects demographic, workforce and housing trends across NSW over the next four decades. It also provides a long-term projection of the State’s economic and fiscal position. Continue reading

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