Adjournment Speech: NSW Harm Minimisation Summit

I was pleased to take an adjournment speech as an opportunity to report to the parliament on the recent NSW Drug Harm Minimisation Summit. The community expects their elected representatives to be open to all points of view on complex issues like drug abuse.  I have attached Hansard of the speech and a video below.  Continue reading


The first sod has today been turned on the $40 million enhancement of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park. “It is fantastic that work has today begun on this major upgrade, which will bring to life the original 1930s vision of Sydney’s Anzac Memorial,” NSW Premier Mike Baird said. “By enhancing this Memorial we are ensuring future generations can continue to honour those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. “Just this week Australians were reminded of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served our country, with the 50 year commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam.” Senator for NSW the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO said the redevelopment included plans to build an education and interpretation centre beneath the Anzac Memorial, and a water cascade at the southern side of the Memorial. Continue reading


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 August 2016 The Upper House committee on Law and Justice today tabled a report reviewing the state’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) ‘Green Slip’ insurance scheme. The committee has had an oversight role in relation to the operations of the scheme for the past 17 years. It previously conducted this role by reviewing the implementation of the scheme by the former Motor Accidents Authority (MAA). Following legislative reforms to the state’s insurance and compensation schemes in 2015, the MAA was abolished and its role assumed by a newly established organisation – the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA). This is the committee’s first review of the scheme since those changes Continue reading

Farming Future of the Liverpool Plains Secured

The Baird Government has built a strong reputation for listening to the people of NSW and taking  action where action needs to be taken. The latest and most important example of this was the Government’s decision to do everything it could to protect the unique concentration of volcanic and biophysical strategic agricultural land (BSAL) soils that are known as the Liverpool Plains. Continue reading