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Aug 18, 2017

Community Encouraged to make Submissions on WestConnex

Today the Environmental Impact Statement for Stage 3 of the WestConnex project has been released by the NSW Coalition Government.

 

The fact that the planning for the most important stage of the project has not been finalised, even though the project has been under construction for a number of years highlights the debacle that this failure to properly plan represents.

 

The so-called “final stage” of the project still does not go to either the Port of Botany or Sydney Airport.

 

Dealing with traffic from the Port was the original task identified by Infrastructure NSW for this project.

 

Even though planning is still underway, every single dollar of Federal grant funding from the Federal Coalition Government has already been forwarded to the NSW Coalition Government, which now plans to sell a majority stake in the project.

 

This week I asked the Speaker to write to the Minister for Urban Infrastructure to ascertain reasons why he has not complied with Standing Orders, which require answers to Questions on Notice to be provided within 60 days.

 

Minister Fletcher has failed to fulfil these requirements when it comes to questions I have asked related to the WestConnex project.

 

I encourage members of the local community to examine the proposed EIS and make submissions to www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au by 16 October 2017.

 

FRIDAY, 18 AUGUST 2017

Aug 18, 2017

Minister won’t Answer Questions on WestConnex

Back in May I asked the Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher to answer questions in relation to community concerns about the WestConnex project.

 

More than three months later, the questions remain unanswered.

 

Minister Fletcher was given the ample time limit of 60 days to answer queries related to the toll road.

 

These included exactly what steps the Federal and NSW State governments have taken to mitigate taxpayers having to foot the bill for the acquisition of the Dan Murphy’s at 7 Darley Road in Leichhardt.

 

Now that Minister Fletcher’s time is up I have asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith to seek reason as to why the Inner West has had to wait more than three months for answers to straightforward questions about this disruptive development in our community.

 

That the Minister responsible for urban infrastructure can’t respond to simple questions about an urban roads project, speaks volumes about the vagueness of the design and development of WestConnex.

 

I will continue to call on Minister Fletcher, and the Federal and NSW State Governments to take responsibility and to provide accurate information to the community about further developments to the WestConnex project.

 

WEDNESDAY, 16 AUGUST 2017

Jul 31, 2017

Small business in the inner west

Tomorrow morning I will be meeting with shop owners in the Inner West, along with the Shadow Minister for Small Business, Senator Katy Gallagher, to discuss the issues faced by the sector.

We will be visiting two popular small businesses in Marrickville, Blooms the Chemist and Kelby’s Café; which has kept the Inner West and my own office in great coffee for years.

Malcolm Turnbull is very good at telling people that the Coalition is the best friend of small business, however, actions speak louder than words.

Small businesses make up 97% of all businesses in Australia and employ more than 4.7 million Australians, contributing $343 billion to the economy.

It is important that governments at all levels engage frequently with smaller operators, to identify and address the issues faced by them, to help strengthen our economy.

Labor will engage with small businesses in Australia, instead of just talking about it.

 

Jun 16, 2017

Sydney Craft Brewers Join Forces

Craft brewers in Sydney’s Inner West have formed an industry association that aims to turn the precinct into the craft beer capital of Australia.

The formation of the Inner West Brewery Association follows a forum of microbrewers I hosted in March to explore ways in which the Federal Government can assist the burgeoning industry, which is worth $400 million a year.

Among the concerns of the brewers is the fact that Commonwealth excise rates are higher for small kegs than larger kegs, which puts the brewers at a competitive disadvantage in relation to big brewers.

I am disappointed this anomaly was not addressed in the 2017 Budget but will continue to support the industry in its push for sensible reform as well as regulatory change at the state and local government levels.

Indeed, I intend to move a motion supporting the craft beer industry in the House of Representatives next Monday.

Craft brewing offers huge potential for jobs growth in the brewing and hospitality sectors in Sydney and around the nation.

There are also great opportunities for craft beer tourism – whereby operators set up walking tours for enthusiasts who visit several breweries to sample different types of beer.

Craft beer tours are already available in the Inner West as well as in Adelaide and Melbourne and other parts of the country. I look forward to working with the new association to seek to further exploit that potential.

If we get the policy settings right, craft brewing could deliver thousands of new jobs.

The Inner West Craft Brewery Association includes Wayward Brewing Company, Young Henry’s, Batch Brewing Company, Willie the Boatman and Grifter Brewing Company.

FRIDAY, 16 JUNE, 2017

May 29, 2017

Welcoming the Babies in Balmain

On Saturday the doors of Balmain’s Town Hall were thrown open to greet families from the Inner West for Welcoming the Babies, an event I have now hosted four times, to help celebrate the arrival of the newest citizens in Grayndler.

This is the first time Welcoming the Babies has been held within the new boundaries of my electorate on the Balmain peninsula.

The event was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our growing local community and recognise the hard work of parents and guardians. The ongoing baby boom in Balmain and neighbouring suburbs is something to celebrate

Welcoming the Babies is also a great way to find out about local community services and I thank the many local businesses and organisations who donated gifts and provided information for the packs that were presented to families.

I look forward to hosting the event again in the near future.

 

May 19, 2017

Bus privatisation will hit Inner West commuters hard

The NSW Government’s planned privatisation of Inner West bus services will result in worse not better transport for commuters across the region.

As the Member for Grayndler and the Shadow Minister for Transport I will fight alongside the public to prevent this privatisation from proceeding.

The sell-off of services will lead to routes being cut, jobs being lost, fares increasing and service levels dropping.

Hundreds of thousands of people in the Inner West, including workers, students and pensioners depend heavily on public bus services. Any reduction in services will have a real impact on their lives.

Andrew Constance has launched this attack on Inner West passengers without warning.

His actions have caused disruption to services and Premier Berejiklian should step in before the Minister does any more damage.

 

Apr 26, 2017

Community legal centres saved

After months of lobbying I welcome the good news that our community legal centres have been saved from the devastating cuts planned by Malcolm Turnbull’s Government.

The Coalition and Attorney-General George Brandis had been planning to cut community legal centre funding nationwide by 30 per cent, on July 1 this year.

These cuts would have resulted in a great loss of legal advice provided without charge to some of our most vulnerable Australians.

Marrickville Legal Centre, located just down the road from my electorate office, is a typical example of a community legal centre whose services would have been put at risk from the cuts.

The centre provides essential legal assistance with problems ranging from family law disputes to tenants’ rights, and issues with domestic violence.

Annette van Gent, the Principal Solicitor at Marrickville Legal Centre has welcomed the changes saying:

In practical terms, it will mean that we can continue to provide legal services for the most vulnerable in our community including young people, and other people escaping family violence and people who have lost or are at risk of losing their homes and jobs.”

 This backflip by the Coalition means that Marrickville Legal Centre can continue to fully fund their Youth Solicitor position.

While this announcement is welcome, there is still a high degree of uncertainty about the future of community legal centre funding from Federal and State Governments.

Labor will ensure that current funding amounts are secured, so that all Australians have access to our justice system through local organisations like the Marrickville Legal Centre.

Apr 13, 2017

Ramos-Horta to deliver Inaugural Tom Uren AC Lecture

The Nobel laureate and former President of Timor-Leste, Jose Ramos-Horta, will deliver the inaugural Tom Uren AC Lecture on May 7 to commemorate the life of the former Australian politician, prisoner of war and peace activist.

Mr Uren, who served as a minister in the Whitlam and Hawke Governments, died on Australia Day, 2015, after an extraordinary life of progressive activism.

Labor Party branches in my electorate have established the annual Tom Uren AC Memorial Lecture to build upon Tom’s intellectual legacy and lifelong commitment to peace and justice.

Dr Ramos-Horta is the perfect choice to deliver the inaugural address given Tom’s dedicated advocacy for independence for Timor-Leste.

In 2013 the Timor-Leste Government awarded Tom the Order of Timor-Leste Medal for his long-standing support for self-determination for the East Timorese people.

On the occasion of Tom’s death, the Timor-Leste Government released a statement which described him as “a man of dignity and courage’’.

“Tom spoke powerfully many times over the years of struggle about what was happening in Timor-Leste and consistently gave support to Australian activists working in solidarity with the Timorese people,’’ the statement said.

Dr Ramos-Horta will focus this inaugural Tom Uren AC Lecture on justice for Timor-Leste with regard to the disputed gas fields in the Timor Sea.

The lecture is being inaugurated with the active involvement of Tom’s family.

It will take place at the Balmain Town Hall, in the suburb where Tom was raised and lived his final years.

For ticket information: https://tom-uren-lecture.eventbrite.com.au

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Mar 31, 2017

Victory for common sense at Leichhardt school

I welcome today’s announcement by Westconnex Minister Stuart Ayres ruling out creating a construction site next to the Leichhardt campus of Sydney Secondary High School.

This reckless proposal would have caused considerable disruption to the education of the almost 1000 students at the High School.

I congratulate the P&C, staff, students and the broader school community for their strong campaign against this absurd idea.

I am proud to represent an active and spirited community prepared to work together to defend its interests.

This outcome follows wins for the community with the saving of Blackmore Oval in Leichhardt, Ashfield Park and Rozelle’s Easton Park from being sacrificed for the Westconnex project.

Sydney needs infrastructure. But it should not be done at the expense of proper community consultation and the best possible outcome.

Mar 10, 2017

Craft brewing plan coming to Parliament

The craft brewers forum which Joel Fitzgibbon and I hosted last night was a great success, with more than a dozen businesses coming together to discuss how to boost the industry across Australia and make the Inner West the craft brewing capital of Australia.

The forum, hosted by Wayward Brewing Company in Camperdown, included representatives from successful brewers including Willie the Boatman, Young Henry’s, Batch and Grifter.

The brewers identified a range of policy challenges at the federal, state and local government levels which are holding back the growth of the industry.

Joel Fitzgibbon and I intend to take up the cause of the craft brewing industry through the Parliament and to advocate for solutions to the problems they face.

The growth of the craft beer industry in recent years and the emergence of new breweries across the nation has been exciting.

The industry already makes up approximately 9 per cent of the Australian beer market and was estimated to be worth $400 million in 2015-16.

I want to develop a practical plan for how government can better assist this growing industry which is already boosting the national economy and cultural life of Australia.

I share the ambition of brewers in my electorate to make the Inner West of Sydney the craft brewing capital of Australia.

I will work with them, and others in regional areas, to deliver the support required to build their breweries as tourist attractions as well as to grow the industry including realising the potential of Australia craft beer as an export product.

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