Sajid David's Speech to the Sydney Institute

It was a very interesting evening hearing from The Rt Hon. Sajid Javid the UK Secretary for Business, Innovation and Skills at the Sydney Institute’s 2016 Annual Dinner Lecture on Wednesday the 30 March. After a lively introduction from Premier Mike Baird (with some asides about the Rugby) Sajid Javid launched into a detailed dissertation on the global benefits of capitalism and by extension the opportunities already being realised through growing free trade and free trade agreements. Continue reading

PARLIAMENT COMMENDS THE SYDNEY ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL

The Parliament of New South Wales yesterday acknowledged the importance of the Sydney Architecture Festival and the value of good urban design and architecture to the state of NSW. The motion moved by the Hon. Shayne Mallard MLC a Liberal member of the NSW Upper House congratulated the festival organisers, directors and sponsors including University Technology Sydney, the NSW Architects Registration Board and the Australian Institute of Architects, and noted the role that the Sydney Architecture Festival has in ‘enabling the community to participate in and enjoy the history and architecture of Sydney.’ Led by Mr Mallard, several parliamentarians from across the political spectrum spoke at length about the intrinsic value of architecture to the state, and the centrality of architecture and architects to good governance. Continue reading

2016 Blake Prize

  The Blake Prize, one of Australia’ oldest art prizes, celebrates art of a religious or spiritual nature. The Prize is not necessarily about artefacts or iconography like the Crucifix or the Menorah, though such references are often involved. Moreover, it celebrates art which tackles the subject matter of spiritual life, ethics and themes such as life and death in a meaningful way. The prize is open to all faiths and cultures and so it’s no surprise that it fits perfectly within the community that it now calls home, the dynamic and fast-growing cultural hub of Liverpool in Sydney’s South West. I was fortunate to have the privilege of representing the NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant at the exhibition and celebration of the Blake Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) on Friday the 12th of February. I was joined by Councillor Ned Mannoun, Mayor of Liverpool City Council, as well as the Director of CPAC, Ms Kiersten Fishburn. Continue reading

40th Anniversary Launch of Tenants’ Union of NSW

I want to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and their elders past and present and thank them for their centuries of stewardship of this land.   Thank you to the Tenants’ Union of NSW for this opportunity to participate in today’s very special event – the launch of the Tenants Union’s 40th Anniversary. It is an honour for me to be here representing Minister Brad Hazard – one of the most experienced and senior ministers in the parliament today. Your sector is in good hands within the government. My congratulations to all those  who have worked with the Tenants’ Union during the past 40 years, for your important contribution in advancing the interests of tenants in this State. In particular, I want to acknowledge your work in support of social housing tenants in NSW, including some of the most vulnerable members of our society. I say this as someone born and raised in public housing in Penrith in 1960’s. Continue reading