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

STATE SENATOR ZACH WAHLS VISITS NSW PARLIAMENT

It was an honour to meet Iowa State Senator Zach Wahls and his Australian fiancé and journalist Chloe Angyal, guests of the Hon Natalie Ward MLC at State Parliament this week. Continue reading

RADIATA PLATEAU SAVED BY BEREJIKLIAN GOVERNMENT

I welcome the purchase of the Radiata Plateau by the Berejiklian government. It is only a liberal Government that could deliver this great outcome for the community. The campaign to save Radiata Plateau from overdevelopment has been ongoing for thirty years and I congratulate all those involved in the fight.  Continue reading

GUANGDONG PROVINCE PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION

I was pleased to inform the House recently of my Parliamentary Delegation to Guangdong Province in China. I was privileged to represent the NSW Parliament to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the sister-state relationship between the Province of Guangdong and State of New South Wales. Continue reading

COMMUNITY FIRE UNITS

As a resident of the Blue Mountains and growing up in Western Sydney, I am all too well aware of the dangers bushfire season present to our communities. Recently I took the opportunity in a Private Member’s Statement to acknowledge the volunteers in the Community Fire Units for the work they do in keeping our communities safe.  Continue reading

ABORTION LAW REFORM BILL 2019 PASSES PARLIAMENT

The Private Member’s bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW passed the two chambers of the NSW Parliament after being originally introduced to parliament on the 1st August 2019. The major parties granted their members a free or conscience vote on this controversial and often deeply personal issue. The NSW Upper House conducted a marathon debate for five sitting days and over 30 hours dealing with 102 amendments presented by various members. Continue reading

INQUIRY INTO THE PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE WARRAGAMBA DAM WALL

It was a great field trip recently for the Upper House inquiry into the proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall. We were looking at the upper reaches of Kowmung and Coxs River at the entry of Lake Burragorang where inundation will occur up to 14 metres in a major flood event.  Continue reading

SPEAKING ON THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL 2019

Today I spoke in Parliament on the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 and outlined in detail why I will be supporting this law reform. I invite you to take the time to consider my speech in which I address the concerns of opponents. Whilst this issue has generated a lot of passion and emotions it is heartening to see the state parliamentarians can conduct a debate in a respectful and mature way. This being a conscience vote we get to see some of the best of our parliamentarians.  Continue reading

INQUIRY INTO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL 2019

This week I will be chairing the Social Issues Inquiry into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 prior to the debate in the Legislative Council next week.  Please click here to make submissions. I will also post a link during the hearings so interested people can view the proceedings.  The public are always welcome to attend inquiries as well.

WHAT IS SO52?

Standing order 52 is a power of the Legislative Council to force the government to produce documents to the House. Continue reading