ABC FACT CHECK FINDS LABOR LIES ABOUT BUDGET CUTS TO FIRE SERVICES

Labor Opposition leader Jodi McKay MP has accused the Berejiklian government of cutting $40 million from the budget of our fire services. During a time where communities are watching on as their towns and homes are destroyed by fire Labor believe it is time to play politics. ABC fact checked Ms McKays claims of budget cuts finding that they DID NOT stack up.  Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN OBSERVER MISSION TO BOUGAINVILLE FOR INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exciting update – I am overseas until 6 December 2019 participating as a member of the Australian Observation Mission (AOM) as part of a Federal government team independently monitoring the Bougainville Independence Referendum in Papua New Guinea.  Continue reading

MALLARD CALLS ON DOYLE TO APOLOGISE OVER FIRE GAFFE

In a Private Members Statement to the NSW Parliament Upper House, I took the opportunity to praise local emergency services battling fires across the state and particularly in the Blue Mountains. I also took the opportunity to correct the record regarding categorically false claims regarding Emergency Service budget cuts made by the Labor Party.  Continue reading

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR INQUIRY INTO GAY AND TRANSGENDER HATE CRIMES BETWEEN 1970 AND 2010

Submissions for the Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Gay and Transgender Hate Crimes between 1970 and 2010 are now open. You can now make a submission via the Parliaments Committee website.  Continue reading

AUSTRALIAN MUSIC T-SHIRT DAY

Friday, 15 November is AusMusic T-shirt day which raises funds for Support Act, a charity helping artists and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.The Parliamentary Friends of Music group, which I Chair, brought together Members from across the aisle in support of this great cause. Everyone wore their favourite Australian Music T-shirt!  Continue reading

HAVE YOUR SAY ON GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole MP announced the community will help shape plans for the $2.5 billion duplication of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Lithgow, which will deliver a safer, faster route over the Blue Mountains Continue reading

SYDENHAM - BANKSTOWN LINE CONVERSION INQUIRY

Portfolio Committee 6 (Transport and Customer Service) is currently inquiring into the Sydenham-Bankstown line conversion as part of the Sydney Metro SouthWest project. This is another example of Labor and the Greens not supporting the record breaking public transport investment by the Coalition government.  Continue reading

SYDNEY METRO

I was pleased to speak in Parliament recently about Australia's largest infrastructure project being delivered by the Berejiklian Government- the Sydney metro. I was also proud to speak about the latest Metro announcement- the Metro West. This game changer of a project will commence construction next year in 2020 and is due to open in 2030 and will see two 25-kilometre tunnels will be bored from the CBD to Westmead via Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta.  Continue reading

INQUIRY INTO KOALA POPULATIONS AND HABITAT IN NSW

Recently, Portfolio Committee 7 inquiring into koala populations and their habitat in New South Wales took a field trip with the morning was spent tracking through Gilead, Beulah and Appin which was followed by public hearings at Campbelltown Arts Centre.  Continue reading

NSW GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVES

I was pleased to speak in Parliament regarding the recently purchased Radiata Plateau by the Berejiklian Government. Prior to the sale I was pleased to accompany the Minister on a tour of the site (pictured). He took the opportunity to inspect this unique geological plateau from the air, noting the stunning sandstone cliffs, hanging swamps and ancient walking connections down to the Megalong Valley. Continue reading