The NSW Labor Opposition has again slammed the Liberal-National’s Fresh Milk and Dairy Advocate for failing to turn up to work and attend a pivotal meeting about the future of the industry.
As the NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay visited a farm in Gloucester to talk about the dairy crisis, industry stakeholders gathered in Bega on the far south coast to plan a path forward after the catastrophic bushfires.
But the Fresh Milk and Dairy Advocate Ian Zandstra was again missing in
I congratulate the Maitland Aboriginal Education Consultative Group on its staging of the 2019 Pathways Awards night, which recognised the achievements of more than 150 members of our community. It was a night filled with ceremony, song and dance, celebrating the educational, cultural, social and sporting achievements of Maitland's Indigenous students. Many community members who have contributed to the education and wellbeing of Indigenous children were also recognised. The a
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 were moved by the Government and by members of the crossbench in the other place with support from the Government speaks to the lack of clarity in the Government's speeches, rhetoric and hubris about what it wanted to achieve with
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 Government's appalling management of water in this State, where whole communities have been going without water for some time. According to the Government, up to 80 towns in this State are at risk of running out of water, if they hav
Labor will shortly introduce its own Right to Farm Bill into the NSW Parliament, after the Nationals failed to fix their rushed and sloppily drafted Right to Farm laws that could be thrown out by the High Court.
As currently drafted, the Nationals’ draft Right to Farm laws could leave farmers with no protection at all.
This is because they rely on the Inclosed Lands Protection Act, which based on a successful legal challenge in Tasmania means they could be vulnerable to b
The NSW Labor Opposition will seek to further amend the Berejiklian-Barilaro Government’s badly drafted ‘Right to Farm’ Bill to genuinely protect farmers from trespass on their own farms – without unintended consequences, including for farmers themselves.
The Bill passed through the Lower House on Wednesday night and now moves to the Upper House for a vote potentially as soon as next week.
Labor Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jenny Aitchison noted that the Bill –
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 we would often stay overnight at the motel. On one occasion my husband and his parents were away on tour and I was managing the motel by myself. I woke up in the middle of the night to hear people moving on the street below. A cou