Speeches

Foreign Media Ownership and Community Radio

August 20, 2018

I remain concerned about the shrinking of newsrooms for journalists. From a merger, where two newsrooms become one, it is my experience that the more journalists there are at a media conference listening with different perspectives the more likely we are to be able to get to what is really going on in any given situation. I have a strong view that community radio should allow the exploration of local issues that might otherwise not make it...

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STANDING UP FOR OUR ABC

August 20, 2018

Since 2014, the ABC funding has been cut by $366 million and 800 jobs have been lost. Some of those people are people that I studied journalism with. That newsroom in Sydney has shrunk beyond recognition. In this year alone, $83.7 million has been cut.

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Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images)

August 16, 2018

I want to pay tribute to the people who have worked so hard to make progress on this issue, both within this House and outside, over many years, including people who have been victims of non-consensual sharing of images. I want to speak about the human toll it takes, as people have shared their stories with me.

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THOMPSON SQUARE - REMOVAL OF 200 YEAR OLD CONVICT-BUILT DRAINS

August 15, 2018

We are at a crisis point in Windsor. The New South Wales government is removing historic box drains from Thompson Square and covering over for ever the impressive 200-year-old convict-built barrel drains. This will happen over the next few nights under the cover of darkness. It's essentially heritage vandalism of some of Australia's oldest colonial remnants. I don't think this Georgian square, the oldest public square in the country, should be...

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OLDER WOMEN - THE CHANGING FACE OF HOMELESSNESS

August 15, 2018

When we talk about someone being homeless there are probably stereotypical images that flash in people's minds, but the nearly 100 people, mainly women, who joined me in Windsor to discuss older women's homelessness know another reality. Women over 60 are among the most at-risk groups in our community. As part of national homelessness week, I thought it was time to shine a spotlight on this issue. I was joined by the shadow minister for homele...

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Western Sydney Airport

August 13, 2018

The Prime Minister got upset with his local council for considering a skate park operating in daylight hours because the noise would disturb local residents. Yet he has not a qualm about subjecting the ever-growing Western Sydney population to sleep-disturbing noises through the night. Given the 24-hour nature of this airport, nor can I accept that the project is barrelling on ahead without the release of flight paths.

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