GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY UPGRADE

In my Private Members Statement in Parliament this week, I outlined the case for the Great Western Highway upgrade from Katoomba to Lithgow particularly focusing on the planned stage at Medlow Bath. Continue reading

GAMBLING

This week in Parliament I spoke on the harm caused by problem gambling. We have a unique opportunity to tackle problem gambling as we emerge from the pandemic lock down. Continue reading

RECONCILIATION WEEK 2020

National Reconciliation Week shines a light on Australia and its journey towards reconciliation and is held from 27 May - 3 June. This years theme on the 20th Anniversary, is 'In this together' reminds us all, that we need to be in this journey together. Continue reading

INQUIRY INTO THE STATE RECORDS ACT 1998 AND POLICY PAPER ON ITS REVIEW

I was pleased to Chair my first virtual committee hearing for the Social Issues Committee inquiry into the State Records Act 1998 and the Policy Paper on it’s Review.   Continue reading

ADJOURNMENT NOTES- 27 MAY 2020

Welcome to Adjournment Notes. This past week has seen a number of announcements by the Berejiklian government to begin a cautious re-opening of the economy in particular the hospitality, arts and tourism sectors. Continue reading

INTRA-STATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS EASED

Why not travel to the Blue Mountains when intra-state travel restrictions are eased on June 1?  It has been a particularly hard time for those in regional and rural NSW, with towns already doing it tough due to bushfires and drought. Continue reading

$50 MILLION SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANISATIONS

The Berejiklian Government is delivering a $50 million support package for Arts and Cultural Organisations which is the largest dedicated arts and cultural support package of any jurisdiction in Australia.  Continue reading

BLUE MOUNTAINS BUSHFIRE INQUIRY

I was pleased to join the Blue Mountains bushfire inquiry via zoom to hear from the Blue Mountains community including residents and members of the RFS who were impacted by the recent catastrophic fires.  Continue reading

RETURN TO PARLIAMENT

Today, May 12, 2020 we return to Parliament as we sit to debate and pass the COVID-19 Emergency Measures Bill. Continue reading

ADJOURNMENT NOTES- 8 MAY 2020

Welcome to this week’s Adjournment Notes.I’ve been asked ‘what’s in the name?’ Adjournment is the debate that concludes the daily sitting of the House. Its a traditional debate that allows Members on all sides to venture into pet interests or issues that concern them. The Minister will rise and move a motion ‘that the House do now adjourn’ after which six speakers can address any issues they like for a maximum five minutes. At the conclusion the motion is put and the House rises to the next scheduled sitting day. Continue reading