The NSW Legislative Council moved to establish a parliamentary inquiry into gay hate crimes that occurred in Sydney between 1970 and 2010. The multi-party inquiry will be conducted by the Social Issues Committee and follows calls from the community for a parliamentary inquiry into the at least 88 murders of gay and transgender people over that period of which almost 30 remain unresolved. Continue reading
On Friday August 3 the dedication and hard work of the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service’s longest serving volunteers were honoured at the Blue Mountains District Medals Presentation on Friday August 3 held at the Mid Mountains Community Centre. Continue reading
I welcome the NSW Government’s $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package announced today which will help farmers right across New South Wales. This package now takes the Government’s drought support to more than $1 billion, with $584 million announced in June 2018. Continue reading
I was pleased to present the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise Chairman, Donald Luscombe (pictured centre) and CEO Bernard Fehon (right) with a $26,000 grant on behalf of Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall to assist running the Australian Bushfire Conference in the Blue Mountains later this year. Continue reading
Today the NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet delivered the state budget with a headline of a $3.9 billion surplus and negative state debt (i.e. cash positive). This magnificent budget is a complete turnaround on what we inherited in 2011 and is a credit to fiscal discipline and reformist zeal of the Berejiklian, Baird and O’Farrell governments. Continue reading
I was pleased to join my Parliamentary colleagues from across the spectrum, including Member for Coogee Bruce Notley-Smith and community leaders, to support IDAHOBIT: International Day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia today.
Last week in Parliament I spoke regarding the Blue Mountains asbestos scandal. I felt it was about time the Labor party answered for their incompetent mayor and colleagues running Blue Mountains City Council. Continue reading