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Jun 12, 2018

Media Release – Day Street Benefit for The Girls Refuge – Tuesday, 12 June, 2018

Yesterday I supported the Day Street Band on stage at Leichhardt Bowling Club, for a charity event raising funds for The Girls Refuge crisis centre.

The Refuge helps girls who are at high-risk of homelessness due to family breakdowns, domestic and family violence, trauma, abuse or mental health issues.

Unable to survive on government funding alone, the centre receives an enormous amount of support from the local community, including non-government organisations, local businesses, individuals and events.

The Day Street Band, which is comprised of a group of musician neighbours from Day Street in Leichhardt, gets together once a year to host the benefit in support of the Refuge.

The day was an enormous success. Leichhardt Bowling Club was packed to the rafters with almost 500 attendees and around $10,000 raised.

The event was a great example of Inner West residents rallying to support the less fortunate members of our community.

Thank you to Simon Morel the organiser and bassist of the band and Leichhardt Bowling Club for hosting the event.

May 18, 2018

Media Release – The Future of Balmain Rowing Club – Friday, 18 May 2018

This morning I visited the Balmain Rowing Club where I was taken on a tour of the restoration work currently underway.

I was pleased to have facilitated a grant of $10,000 through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, to help renew the century-old premises.

The rowing club, built in 1882 is one of the oldest in Australia and has produced rowing champions at state, international and olympic levels.

In 2002 a plan to refurbish the club began, construction of a new access ramp to the pontoon and boat storage area is the next major upgrade to the facility.

I thank club president Joe Gresch and members and friends of the Club for the warm welcome and their dedication to the development of our community.

May 17, 2018

Media Release – Labor and The Climate Crisis – Thursday, 17 May 2018

Last night I hosted a community forum at Balmain Town Hall to discuss the future of climate change, energy and the environment in Australia.

The well attended event was organised by the NSW Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN) with Shadow Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Mark Butler appearing as a guest speaker.

NSW LEAN is a grassroots network of Labor Party members and supporters who are concerned for the health of the planet and work to influence policies that support strong action on climate change and the environment.

Mark Butler has been a champion of real action on climate change and is responsible for developing Labor’s climate change action plan, which includes plans for cleaner power generation, cuts to pollution, and increased energy efficiency.

Discussed at length on the night was Labor’s plan to introduce new emissions standards for motor vehicles.

The proposed changes will see a massive reduction in transport pollution and save motorists thousands of dollars in on-road costs.

Tackling climate change is a Labor Priority. It is our promise to young Australians – 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030, 45 per cent cut in emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

I am looking forward to hosting future policy forums, they are important events that engage the local community with national issues.

May 7, 2018

Media Release – Celebrating 150 Years at St David’s – Monday, 7 May 2018

On Sunday I visited St David’s Uniting Church in Haberfield, in celebration of the church’s 150th year of service in the Inner West.

Today, St David’s remains a beacon of community engagement in the Inner West, catering to a diverse range of worshippers and community organisations.

I was also able to see the restoration progress of the church’s hall, made possible by a $2,500 grant awarded through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, which I helped to facilitate.

The restoration, which includes the re-painting and remediation of the ceiling and the replacement of window panes with clear glass, has made the hall more functional and attractive for community use.

St David’s community service also governs the Ella Centre which is a valued provider of disability services under the NDIS and also hosts social support programs for people living with a disability.

I wish St David’s all the best with the restoration and with their work in the community.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY, 7 MAY, 2018

May 4, 2018

Media Release – Victory for People Power … and Beer – Friday, 4 May 2018

Labor welcomes news of excise tax reform to end discrimination against brewers of craft beer, a move that follows a long-running Labor campaign for justice for the thriving sector.

Media reports today suggest that Tuesday’s Budget will end the situation whereby excise applied to 50 litre kegs is levied at a lower rate than that applied to smaller kegs, which are widely used by craft brewers.

The reform will also reportedly give small brewers access to the same system of excise refunds available to big breweries.

The common sense change is a victory for people power.

It follows a strong campaign by Labor and the craft brewing industry which included a petition signed by more than 1400 people and a motion in the House of Representatives that received bipartisan support.

Craft brewing is a growth sector.

New breweries are being established across the nation and the development of the sector has also created a new tourism sector – craft brewery tours.

That means jobs and economic activity in local communities.

Craft brewers deserve to operate on a level playing field with the big multinational beer brands. And beer drinkers should pay the same regardless of what brand of beer they enjoy.

I congratulate the craft beer industry for its victory and look forward to this change clearing the way for even more new jobs and economic activity, particularly in my electorate in Sydney’s Inner West, home to some of the nation’s best breweries.

 

 

Apr 19, 2018

Media Release – International Record Store Day 2018 – Thursday, 19 April 2018

Today I visited RPM Records in Marrickville ahead of the 10th Anniversary of International Record Store Day, Saturday 21 April, which recognises the economic and cultural importance of independent record stores worldwide.

In the words of Chuck Berry: “Music is an important part of our culture and record stores play a vital part in keeping the power of music alive.”

Record Store Day is a celebration of the power of music, as well as being an opportunity to promote the role independent record stores play as custodians and curators of contemporary culture.

Physical music sales have had their best year since 2011, when digital trends changed the way we listen to music. The revival is partly attributable to the increase in vinyl sales.

Video may have killed the radio star but streaming has yet to replace the record store.

This is because nothing compares to the experience of actually visiting one. You can buy the full album and hold it in your hands, read the liner notes and enjoy the songs in the order in which they were meant to be played.

Independent record stores often stock music by local artists, particularly new and emerging bands, helping to kick start their careers.

On top of this, they create jobs and stimulate economic activity in local communities.

Last year, I was proud to be the Lead Australian Ambassador for Record Store Day, which takes place in thousands of record stores on every continent in the world, and is widely used by recording artists to release new music and special and souvenir editions of previous works.

In fact, there is a new record by the late David Bowie, Welcome to the Blackout (Live London ’78), coming out on Saturday.

This year I remain an enthusiastic supporter of Record Store Day, which is why I am here at my local, RPM Records, to prepare for the weekend celebrations.

Nearly 150 Australian stores are participating in Record Store Day, with many hosting events, such as The Record Store in Surry Hills, with a performance by Sydney funk outfit, The Goods.

Mar 14, 2018

Keeping Sydney’s Maritime Heritage afloat

This morning I toured the newly renovated naval maintenance and restoration workshop at the Sydney Heritage Fleet Shipyard.

A grant of $20,000 was awarded through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme to renew the workshop.

General Manager Ross Muir, and associate Tim Drinkwater, should be enormously proud that the shipyard gives volunteers aged over 65 years a way to remain physically and mentally active by working on the restoration of our heritage maritime vessels.

Currently there are seven operational large ships maintained by the senior voluntary workforce, including the James Craig Tall Ship (1874) and the Lady Hopetoun Steam Launch (1902). There is also a fleet of small boats berthed at the facility.

The funding to upgrade the workshop has provided volunteers with a safe space to continue restoring the enormous John Oxley Steam Ship (1927).

I wish them luck for this ambitious project that is helping renew Rozelle Harbour.

Mar 9, 2018

Art Installation at Marrickville High

This morning I visited Marrickville High School to congratulate staff and students alike on their successful application to have the next stage of the school’s public art installation funded.

The installation, a continuous rainbow wave that will wrap around the entire school, was designed by local artist Nuha Saad.

The crossed lines and colour represent the lives of Marrickville High School students as they grow and change into adults.

I was pleased to have been able to deliver $20,000 through the Stronger Communities Programme to fund the installation

The artwork has visually transformed the outside of the school, while on the inside the students are working on inspired projects of their own, with visual arts teacher Jemima Hall.

I wish the school all the best for the next stage of the installation.

Feb 27, 2018

Journey Into Cyprus East2West

Today, in conjunction with the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP, I had the honour of convening a meeting of the Australia-Cyprus Parliamentary Friends Group for the Journey into Cyprus: East2West initiative.

Two Australian friends, Yalcin Adal and Stavros Protz from Turkish and Greek Cypriot backgrounds respectively, are walking 400 kilometres through the middle of Cyprus over 16 days to inspire reconciliation and support for a united island nation.

Since 1974 the island nation has been divided in contravention of United Nations resolutions and considerable diplomatic effort to resolve the conflict. This is a great example of grassroots action.

The pair plan to walk up to 30 kilometres a day over rugged terrain, promoting the common interest and harmony between all Cypriots.

It was a pleasure hosting Yalcin and Stavros with Ms Vamvakinou and other MPs in attendance in the Federal Parliament and I congratulate them on their initiative.

Photo (Parliament) – http://bit.ly/2FxgLwR

East2West –  http://bit.ly/2Dtr1I5

TUESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Australia Day Referendum

Last night I spoke in the Parliament about the idea of holding a referendum on January 26, to recognise indigenous Australians in our constitution, along with a second question about the move to being a republic.

I told Parliament:

In recent times, there has been an increasing level of debate about the significance of Australia Day being held on 26 January. There is no doubt that this has the potential to be a divisive debate. Indeed, it looks like some in the commentariat are looking for an argument, not a solution. Finding a way forward is more important than re-running old arguments. Our nation needs to reconcile itself with the past as a precondition of creating a better future, one in which we all embrace a common vision of what it means to be Australian in the 21st century. Instead of emphasising our differences, let us create a platform for unity. Australia Day is a time for acknowledging both the good and the bad about our past, assessing where we are as a nation today and contemplating our vision for the future.

All Australians must acknowledge that this commemoration of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 is a difficult one for the First Australians. The arrival of Europeans disrupted the longest continuous civilisation on Earth and was accompanied by dispossession, violence, disease and trauma which are still felt today with the tragic gap in life expectancy, education and health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It is understandable that many Indigenous Australians refer to 26 January as ‘Survival Day’. Every Australia Day is a reminder that there is much unfinished business to achieve reconciliation, including recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our Constitution, but also practical measures to close the gap on living standards, jobs, education and health outcomes.

The story of modern Australia is also one of migration since the 18th century. We are a nation which has welcomed millions of people from all parts of the globe, seeking a better life for themselves, their families and the generations to come. On Australia Day this year, as in other years, tens of thousands of people pledged their allegiance to our country and became citizens. Australia has been enriched by its multiculturalism—people who are loyal to Australia but have contributed their language, music, culture and of course food from their countries of birth. Australia has enormous natural advantages, but it is our people that make us the envy of the world and indeed ‘the lucky country’, and we’re confident enough that it’s only a matter of time before we have an Australian head of state.

One of the tasks of political leadership is to bring people together on the journey of change in a way that promotes unity and isolates division. It seems to me that the purpose of Australia Day—to consider Australia’s past, present and future—provides an opportunity. I’m a strong supporter of constitutional change to recognise the First Australians, and I’m in favour of a republic. A referendum held on 26 January to recognise First Australians in our Constitution, along with a second question about the move to being a republic, would be an exciting opportunity to forge a path forward for Australia’s future. It would mean Australia had a day that recognised our modern history of new arrivals; our continuous history of Indigenous Australians, dating back at least 65,000 years; and our declaration of confidence that we are a modern, independent state with an Australian as its head. I don’t declare that this proposal is the idea, just an idea, to avert a divisive debate about when to celebrate Australia Day.

I note Noel Pearson’s proposition in The Australian two weeks ago about celebrating both 25 January and 26 January. To me it has a certain logic because, increasingly, I witness more discussion about issues confronting the First Australians, past, present and future, around Australia Day. The Uluru Statement from the Heart has advanced a constructive proposal for a voice for first nations after extensive engagement, and that is not a proposal for a third chamber of parliament.

Australians want harmony based on mutual respect. The impasse on advancing reconciliation must be broken, and decision-makers, civil society and, most crucially, First Australians must be engaged in forging a new path forward. A necessary element will be ensuring that the First Australians have a sense of ownership over our national day of celebration.

TUESDAY, 06 FEBRUARY, 2018

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