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Oct 13, 2018

Media Release – Federal Labor Commits $2 Million to Save Dawn Fraser Pool – Saturday, 13 October, 2018

With Sydney Olympics Water Polo Gold Medallists Bronwyn Smith and Taryn Woods

At today’s community rally to save Dawn Fraser Pool I announced that an elected Federal Labor Government would commit $2 million to restore one of Australia’s oldest swimming pools and most precious heritage assets.

Dawn Fraser Pool is loved by many Australians, but without an urgent heritage restoration we may see the doors of our famous Baths closed forever.

Federal Labor’s $2 million commitment, in addition to the $4.5 million already dedicated by the Inner West Council and the $1 million announced today by the NSW Labor Opposition will provide the funds needed for a full refurbishment of the Baths.

In 2016 at the Federal Election I stood with the community and committed funding towards the renovation of the Baths.

Subsequently, the Inner West Council has completed a Master Plan for the Pool that identified urgent works needed to make the facility safe and accessible for the public and sporting clubs.

Works that will be delivered in the upgrade include:
• Raising the boardwalk, South Pavilion and Central Pavilion to overcome sea level rises
• Installing Water Polo lighting so that the UTS Balmain Tigers Water Polo Club can continue to play at their historic home
• Reconstruction of the South and Central Pavilions
• New bathroom and change rooms on ground floor
• Storm water upgrades
• Refurbishment of the piers
Our increased funding commitment is in recognition of how precious Dawn Fraser Pool is and its value to the community.

For more than 130 years children have learned to swim at these baths.

The Balmain Water Polo and Swimming clubs, who also call the Baths home, have produced multiple Australian representatives and Olympic gold medallists.

It’s time to make sure that this proud history is carried on at Dawn Fraser Pool for another century to come.


Sep 10, 2018

Media Release – NSW Government Must Reverse Decision to Close Globe Wilkins Preschool – Monday, 10 September 2018

Anthony addressed the Parliament today about the NSW Government’s decision to close Globe Wilkins Preschool. The full speech is below:

I rise to express my solidarity with the more than 500 Inner West residents who gathered yesterday to protest against the New South Wales Government’s decision to close Globe Wilkins Preschool, located in my electorate.

The school’s been operating for over 20 years, from dedicated classrooms on the grounds of Wilkins Public School in Marrickville. And it’s one of only 20 preschools right across Australia to hold an Excellent rating – awarded by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority.

There is indeed a national perspective for this. Because Globe Kindergarten was relocated after the third runway was built because it was deemed to be an inappropriate place to have a childcare school right under the flight path, in its location where it was in Marrickville.

I have been informed indeed that the level of care and quality of teaching at Globe Wilkins is second to none. The team of educators at the preschool are highly valued by children and parents for their dedication to their work and to the community.

The NSW Education Department has told them, that when the lease of their premises expires in 2019, Wilkins Public will require the classrooms to return to school use during the day. Which will result in the preschools’ closure.

Ironically, the NSW Government has announced in their Budget a commitment to increasing preschool numbers. You don’t do that – You don’t support early childhood education if you are closing a vital local community facility.

The NSW Government must reverse this decision.

Aug 27, 2018

Media Release – Footprints Ecofestival 2018 – Sunday, 27 August, 2018


On Sunday I was invited to open the Footprints Ecofestival at Whites Creek Valley Park in Annandale.

Despite the rain, Inner West residents came out to celebrate the eighth year of the festival, participating in a variety of sustainable living workshops and visiting stalls representing community environmental groups. There was also a performance by Peppa Pig on the main stage for local families.

Cheree Toka was present at the festival gathering signatures for her petition to have the Aboriginal Flag flown permanently atop Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.

The online petition has over 90,000 signatures already, however 10,000 hard copy signatures are needed in order to be presented to the NSW Parliament and considered for debate.

Social equality and environmental sustainability are issues that need to be addressed locally as well as globally. The Footprints Ecofestival is an ideal forum for addressing these issues from the bottom up and I am looking forward to opening next year’s festival.


Aug 20, 2018

Media Release – Reclink Community Cup Helps Disadvantaged Youth – Monday, 20 August, 2018

On Sunday the Inner West community gathered at Henson Park for the seventh Sydney Reclink Community Cup.

Local residents braved very cold weather to witness a fantastic charity football match between teams comprised of Sydney-based journalists (The Sailors) and musicians (The Walers).

I was pleased to open the game with Reclink founder John Ballis and toss the coin before the first bounce, as well as moonlighting as a commentator throughout the match.

The Sydney Reclink Community Cup is an extraordinary event  that raises money through ticket sales and donations for the Reclink organisation.

Reclink is a charity that assists at-risk and marginalised young people and helps to connect them with the mainstream of society through engagement with sportspeople and artists.

The Walers recorded back-to-back victories, following five successive years in which The Sailors prevailed.

I am looking forward to next year’s match and working with the organisation locally to help at-risk young Australians.

Aug 14, 2018

Media Release – Vale Giuseppe Fin – Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Anthony addressed the Parliament today in tribute to Italian community leader Giuseppe Fin, who recently passed away. The full speech is below:

Last Friday it was my honour to be at the farewell for Giuseppe Fin, or Joe Fin, as he was known, one of the founders of CO.AS.IT, the Italian welfare organisation in Australia.

The farewell at St Fiacre’s Catholic Church in Leichhardt was, of course, packed. Without doubt, he was probably the most significant leader of the Italian community in Sydney over the last century. He and his wife, Patricia—she was an organist at St Fiacre’s way back, many decades ago—raised eight children; many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were all there to farewell this great community leader.

He’d been active in the Catholic Church in Italy before migrating to Australia in 1956. He, through CO.AS.IT, founded a bilingual school, which is now a very successful Sydney institution. He moved into aged care, into welfare, into providing services for people who’d migrated to this country, and CO.AS.IT became a national organisation.

To all of Joe’s many friends as well as his family and the Italian community of Sydney, I pay tribute to his great contribution.

Jul 27, 2018

Media Release – Return of Local Planning Controls in Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Welcomed

I welcome today’s announcement by the NSW Government that the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy will not be gazetted and that the Government will work with Councils to plan the growth of the corridor instead.
I have engaged with the Inner West Council and Planning Minister Anthony Roberts to help secure this result and congratulate them both for coming to an agreement. 
Genuine collaboration between levels of Government and community engagement is at the centre of Federal Labor’s City Partnerships Policy I announced earlier this month at the Sydney Institute as the Shadow Minister for Cities. 
Today’s announcement enables the engagement in planning of the Inner West and Canterbury Bankstown Councils which these communities have campaigned strongly for.
City Partnerships would enable us to unlock the potential of our cities by bringing together all levels of government, the private sector and community in a way that is meaningful so that we achieve genuine structural change.
Today’s decision will help restore the trust we need to ensure this sort of bottom up collaboration between local and state government in the inner west and Canterbury-Bankstown.
The simple fact is the Sydenham to Bankstown strategy as it previously stood has been a catalyst for the worst kind of developer imposed rezoning proposals. 
Mirvac’s proposal for a 35 storey development, on a flood plain, in the Carrington Road Precinct in Marrickville, showed the harm of a top down approach and galvanised the community to forcefully oppose it.
Getting processes right provides us with the best opportunity to deal with this head on and ensure our cities are productive, sustainable and liveable, which is why today’s outcome is so important.

I congratulate all of the community activists who have fought to achieve this win.

Jul 6, 2018

Media Release – Marrickville Heritage Study Launch – Friday, 6 July 2018

Last night I was proud to speak at the Marrickville Heritage and Character Study launch held in the ATLAS community and cultural centre.

The study was compiled by community organisation SAVE Marrickville, in response to a request from the NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, and a Government announcement to Councils that ‘local character’ must be considered in their planning processes.

This is hypocritical of the State Government as Marrickville’s character is only under threat because of the Government’s own Revised Marrickville Plan and the proposed high rise development along Carrington Road.

The NSW Government need to understand that the key to successful urban redevelopment is including the local community, not ignoring them.

What we’re seeing is an attempt to change the landscape of our suburbs in a way that will destroy the vibrancy of local communities.

I will campaign with the community against overdevelopment. Marrickville does have a unique character and it must be protected.

Congratulations to SAVE Marrickville for the launch of their important study.

Jun 25, 2018

Media Release – ACETCA Annual Gala Dinner – Monday, 25 June, 2018

On Sunday, Anthony delivered the Keynote speech at the Australia China Economics Trade and Culture Association (ACETCA) Annual Gala Dinner 2018. You can read the full speech below:

I am pleased to be here tonight representing the Australian Labor Party.

Australia and China have a long standing relationship and it is in Australia’s national interest to deepen our engagement with China.

Now the world’s second largest economy, China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and export market, with a total trade value exceeding $174 billion for 2017.

However, the value in the Sino-Australia relationship cannot be measured by numbers alone.

Cultural and people to people links are a critical part of our relationship and we must continue to develop those links between governments, business and civil society.

The Australia China Economics Trade and Culture Association (ACETCA) is a leading organisation responsible for advancing the friendship between China and Australia.

Indeed, ACETCA’s own mission statement – promoting economic and trade development, technology exchange and social harmony, is a tribute to the organisation’s leadership in the sphere of Sino-Australia Relations.

ACETCA met a milestone this year, when over half a million people attended the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival in Sydney, in celebration of the Eleventh Zodiac, the Year of the Dog.

Furthermore, ACETCA’s recent support of our NSW Rural Fire Service and St. John Ambulance Australia should be commended.

The Chinese community is a shining example of the great successes of multiculturalism and diversity in contemporary Australia.

I only have to step outside of my office in the Inner West of Sydney to see first-hand the great contribution made to our community by Chinese Australians in the form of local businesses.

Some recent reports in the media have suggested that the Sino-Australia friendship has become strained. However in my experience the personal relations between our two peoples remain very strong.

We accept that we are different societies and different political systems, and on that basis we are able to cooperate in our mutual interest, which will continue into the future.

There is an old Chinese proverb that epitomises the unique relationship between our two nations that when translated into English reads:

‘If people are of one heart, even the yellow earth can become gold’.

Thank you again for having me here tonight.

Jun 25, 2018

Media Release – Fifty Years of Co.As.It – Monday, 25 June, 2018

Anthony addressed the Parliament today about the 50th Anniversary of the Co.As.It organisation. You can read the full speech below:

It was my great honour recently to attend the 50th anniversary celebration for Co.As.It.

Co.As.It have been providing services for the Italian community in my electorate and indeed much more broadly around Australia for 50 years now, and they celebrated this at the Italian National Day celebrations in Sydney just last month.

Co.As.It also promote Italian culture, including through their family history group, which preserves and promotes the history of Italian migrants in Australian.

Italian Co.As.It community care workers support the elderly Italo-Australian community and allow older Italo-Australians to stay in their homes—and vitally connected to their community—for longer.

The organisation also run support programs for serious issues like drug and alcohol addiction, gambling, and mental health. This is an invaluable community service.

To celebrate their 50-year milestone, Co.As.It have published a photobook by Paolo Totaro AM—Visual Legacy: Italian Australian Elders. 

Paolo, himself an Italian migrant, travelled to Australia for work in the 1960s. He went on to work for the Australia Council, founded the Community Arts Board and was also the foundation chairman of the New South Wales Ethnic Affairs Commission. He said of this time:

“I avoided the famous and the rich, they don’t need this sort of celebration. I wanted to capture the image of the ordinary Italian-Australian experience … We are not any more new Australians, we are Australians, who showed enormous self-reliance and resilience from the very start of our arrival in this country.”

In this book, he celebrates the lives of these Australians. Many of the stories highlighted are those of migrants who travelled to Australia, who made that journey that so many have made, to forge a new life for themselves and their families.

They travelled to a new country where they didn’t speak the language; they bravely made their way in Australian society and created a community—a community which is evident in Leichhardt and Haberfield, and right around Australia. This book celebrates their lives. As Lorenzo Fazzini, president of Co.As.It said:

“You won’t find any tall poppies in this book. These are all very humble people, but they are the images of the people who have ‘created’ the Italian-Australian community. Although some of these people are no longer with us, we continue to learn from them, respect them and thank them for paving the way.”

I’m very proud to call Paolo Totaro a dear friend of mine. He is someone who has made an extraordinary contribution to his nation, Australia. With this book, he has added to the wealth of that contribution.

Jun 25, 2018

Media Release – Cyprus United East2West Initiative – Monday, 25 June, 2018

Anthony addressed the Parliament today in tribute to Stavros Protz and Yalcin Adal, for their East2West initiative in support of the unification of Cyprus for all its people. You can read the full speech below:

In the coming month, we will mark 44 years since the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, 44 years without a resolution—a nation divided, with 37 per cent of the island still occupied in contravention of a number of United Nations resolutions and with over 200,000 people displaced.

This is the 11th time I have raised this issue in the parliament as a federal MP. I’ve had the privilege of visiting the island nation twice, once as an opposition member and once as a government minister.

The hope of justice and reunification of the island, however, very much lives on, both in Cyprus and also here in Australia, another island nation, which more than 80,000 Cypriots of both Greek and Turkish background call home.

I had the honour of convening a meeting on behalf of the Australia-Cyprus parliamentary friendship group with two Australian friends, Stavros Protz and Yalcin Adal, from Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot backgrounds respectively.

These two great friends in Australia are examples of the fact that, in our multicultural nation, people live not just in harmony but with its diversity being a great strength.

Stavros and Yalcin began the Journey into Cyprus: East2West initiative. Together, over 16 days beginning on 21 March and ending on 5 April, the two friends walked 400 kilometres through the middle of Cyprus to inspire reconciliation and support for a united island nation.

Stavros and Yalcin, having successfully completed their journey, walking up to 30 kilometres a day over very rugged terrain, are here in Canberra today continuing to promote the common interest and harmony between all Cypriots.

After reaching the St Hilarion Castle on top of the Kyrenia mountain range in Cyprus, the two friends found a window and announced their wish for the future of the island:

“We wish that one day the people of this island regardless of age, colour, ethnicity, gender and religion will be able to live freely.”

This echoes the message of a peaceful resolution that I put forward in my first speech to this parliament about Cyprus, way back in 1998. I said this 20 years ago:

“What is clear is that the Cypriot people, regardless of their origin, do want a peaceful resolution to this crisis.”

The sentiment has been demonstrated in an extraordinary way by these two friends through their East2West initiative.

Their journey has quite literally brought the two sides of the conflict together to advocate for a peaceful resolution that has eluded the island nation for far too long.

However, a solution, when it comes, must of course support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Cyprus, a single legitimate authority on the island.

One nation, one citizenship, one international personality, one people.

While the nation continues to be divided, its people—both those of Greek-Cypriot background and those of Turkish-Cypriot background—will suffer.

Each year I attend a commemoration of the invasion of Cyprus at the Cyprus Community Club in my own electorate of Grayndler.

Each year the crowd gathers and hopes for a peaceful resolution to the conflict that should come sooner rather than later.

The journey of Stavros and Yalcin, taken together, has encouraged this peace to be brought forth. They exemplify two courageous people who are saying: ‘Enough is enough.’

It is in the interests of all of the people of Cyprus for the conflict to be resolved, for us to live in harmony side by side, just as people of Greek-Cypriot background and Turkish-Cypriot background live side by side in harmony right here in Australia, particularly in my electorate in the inner west of Sydney.

I commend the motion to the House and I pay tribute to these two fine young Australians.


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