Today I am chairing the Parliament's inquiry into CTP insurance being held by the Law & Justice Standing Committee. We will be hearing evidence from diverse stakeholders including lawyers, unions, insurers and the government. You can watch the inquiry hearing from 9am live here.
Double decker buses will serve some of Sydney’s busiest routes, and around 3,800 extra weekly services will be added as part of a $108 million investment in new buses in the 2016-17 NSW Budget, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian announced today. The 80 seat double deckers can carry 65 per cent more capacity than normal size buses, and will be used on key corridors including the busy Rouse Hill-City service (route 607X), between Blacktown and Macquarie Park (route 611), and for the first time, the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway (route T80). “Thousands of Sydneysiders rely on bus travel every day to get from A to B and we know demand for services is continually increasing, particularly in growth centres in the North West and South West, as well as in inner city areas like Green Square,” Mr Constance said. “This is all about staying ahead of the curve to ensure customers have sufficient levels of service well into the future. Continue reading
Today in Parliament I moved a motion, which the house unanimously agreed to adopt, noting the devastating effects of lupus on more than five million people worldwide. There is not a lot known about lupus, which is a rare auto-immune disease that is particularly prevalent amongst non-Caucasian women. The motion calls upon governments at all levels to invest more in medical research so as to better understand the disease and ultimately, cure it. The World Lupus Day Proclamation which calls for increases in public and private sector funding for medical research on lupus, targeted education programs for health professionals, patients and the public and worldwide recognition of lupus as a significant public health issue was also noted by the house as part of the motion. To find out more about lupus and read the World Lupus Day Proclamation see: http://www.lupus-sle.org/world-lupus-day---may-10.html Continue reading
On Thursday, 26 May 2016 Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian released the Future State: NSW 2056 report, which gives an insight into what NSW might look like in the next 40 years and provides suggestions on how the country’s number one economy might become an even more attractive place to live and work. The intergenerational report is published every five years and projects demographic, workforce and housing trends across NSW over the next four decades. It also provides a long-term projection of the State’s economic and fiscal position. Continue reading