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

LIBERALS CALL FOR STATE GOVERNMENT TO SECURE RADIATA PLATEAU FOR PARKLAND

    I have called on my colleagues at the NSW State Government to intervene and save the iconic Radiata Plateau west of Katoomba from sale to developers. Continue reading

YALARI

Recently, I was pleased to speak in Parliament to acknowledge a worthy community group working in education for young Aboriginal people- 'Yalari'. This organisation also has a personal connection.  Continue reading

BLUE MOUNTAINS DISTRICT RFS VOLUNTEERS RECOGNISED

NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers from the Blue Mountains district were honoured for their longstanding commitment to the community at a special medal presentation last week. Continue reading

REPORT TABLED – GAY AND TRANSGENDER HATE CRIMES BETWEEN 1970 AND 2010

An Upper House committee inquiring into Gay and Transgender hate crimes between 1970 and 2010 has tabled its report, calling for the inquiry to be re-established in the 57th Parliament. Continue reading

PARKING AUSTRALIA EVENT

I was pleased to represent the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure – Andrew Constance at the Parking Australia 'Meet the CEO' event. Please read below for my speech at the event. Continue reading