Debating Legislation

November 13, 2019

I speak for the Opposition on the upper House amendments to the Right to Farm Bill 2019, which were canvassed last night and spoke to the need for better drafting and consideration of the bill in the first instance.

The fact that so many amendments w...

October 24, 2019

It seems like every day we hear from this Government about a lot of good intentions, but not a lot of outcomes. I want to respond to a few issues that the Minister raised, firstly, that if we tell people where our seafood comes from, it might make th...

October 23, 2019

I speak on the Water Supply (Critical Needs) Bill 2019. It is a critical need that we have in this State, unfortunately, because three years ago all of our dams and reservoirs across New South Wales were full. Now we have a situation, due to this Gov...

October 22, 2019

I speak to the Music Festivals Bill 2019. My electorate of Maitland and the Hunter region have been a central part of one of the most popular festivals, Groovin the Moo, since its inception in 2003. It was the vision of a local high school teacher an...

October 16, 2019

I move Opposition amendment No. 1 on sheet c2019-161:

No. 1 Review of Act

Page 3. Insert after line 5—

7 Review of Act

(1)The Minister is to review this Act to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the A...

September 25, 2019

When I was a young woman, expecting my first child, I lived in Walcha on the New England Tablelands with my husband and his parents.

My husband and I lived in a house that was between the motel that my parents-in-law owned and the local hospital and...

August 8, 2019

I speak against the amendment. As former shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, I read the case of the only woman in recent memory—in 2017—to have been convicted under the Crimes Act.

From my experience of listeni...

August 7, 2019

In February 2007 I was sexually assaulted on a work trip to Africa.

I was unable to access any medical assistance until I returned to Australia as I had flights booked. I was in shock, in trauma, alone and unable to change my itinerary.

I did the calcu...

June 5, 2019

I am passionate about libraries and I was pleased to hear that Walt Secord, the shadow Minister for the Arts in the other place, is such an enthusiastic supporter of the Library Amendment Bill 2019. It is fair to say that it is probably the most enth...

May 28, 2019

As the shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, I support the Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill 2019.

I thank the shadow Minister for Ageing and shadow Minister for Disability Services, the member for Canterbur...

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