Speeches

Warragamba Dam and the Hawkesbury

October 27, 2020

I get that people love a simple solution. Liberal politicians especially seem to love a quick fix, even if the science doesn't add up. When it comes to the flooding in the Nepean-Hawkesbury Valley, the New South Wales minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres, especially loves to use fear to compel others to support his Warragamba wall-raising proposal. 'It's raining,' he says, 'a lot,' he, says. 'It might flood,' he says, 'so we need to raise...

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Vale David Cook

October 27, 2020

I'd like to pay tribute to a prominent member of the Blue Mountains community affectionately referred to as 'the Gnome Master', David Cook.

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The Government's city deals are a missed opportunity

October 26, 2020

I welcome the opportunity to discuss the city deals in this place and the deals that were struck with Western Sydney as some sort of payoff for the impacts of the Western Sydney airport, an airport for which we still don't have flight paths because the government's too scared to get that conversation out of the bag.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020 Third Reading Speech

October 26, 2020

The Recycling and Waste Reduction Charges (Customs) Bill 2020 is an important bill for this House to address. You might wonder why the Blue Mountains, as far from the sea as you can get in Sydney, would have such conviction around waste reduction. That's because we are a World Heritage area and we care about the environment. One of the things I notice about the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury people is that our holidays are often by the sea. Whe...

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COVID 19 and the Transport Industry

October 26, 2020

There's a fleet of coaches from all over Sydney outside parliament today, desperate to get assistance to keep their family owned businesses afloat.

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Child Care

October 21, 2020

I think what we've been hearing this afternoon shows just how out of touch with regular families those on the government benches are.

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