Speeches

Employment before and after COVID-19

August 09, 2021

There are so many things to think about in the world that we're facing that it's easy for people to push aside the stuff that doesn't seem directly relevant to them. For some people, labour hire isn't part of their immediate world. But its effects on working conditions and wages are far-reaching, whether we think about it or not, which is why I'm very pleased to speak on the motion moved by the member for Paterson.

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Mental Health During Lockdown

August 05, 2021

You're resilient until you're not. No-one can accuse my community of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury of being anything but resilient. This is a community that knows natural disasters like few others: the 2019 bushfires, the 2020 flood, COVID and the 2021 flood.

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Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Subsidy) Bill 2021 Second Reading

August 04, 2021

It's been a really confusing time for parents and for early educators during this latest lockdown in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury, and I'm really pleased to be able to support a bill that reduces red tape on services in this highly complex area.

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Infrastructure: Medlow Bath and Richmond Bridge

August 04, 2021

One is the upgrade of the Great Western Highway at Medlow Bath. Medlow Bath residents are understandably furious that their opportunity to examine the New South Wales government's plans for a four-lane highway through their village will be limited because no face-to-face consultation and discussion can be done before the deadline.

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Mobile Phone Coverage in the Blue Mountains

August 04, 2021

This Liberal and National government has ignored the very real needs of many parts of the region in spite of the natural disasters we face. In the latest round of mobile black spot funding, they announced one new site—only a single location at Lower McDonald. I welcome that; it is absolutely needed. But this round was allegedly focused on helping bushfire prone areas—tick! It's especially insulting to the people in areas like Mount Tomah and B...

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Young Apprentices During COVID-19

August 03, 2021

If you have a go, you get a go, according to the glib Morrison government lines, but not if you're a 16-year-old apprentice and you've lost your income because of the Sydney COVID lockdown.

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