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  • Lake Macquarie palliative care services 19th October 2017 This is an important topic and I am pleased to put this motion forward today. I thank the Government for allowing it to happen. The discussion concerning the end of life can be emotional because it touches on when those closest to us will leave us through death. We all want the best kind of passing ... ... more
  • Speed limit on Marconi Road 19th October 2017 I would not be so silly as to argue that speed limits do not save lives, but I think that we sometimes seem to get too obsessed with lowering limits in areas where the status quo suffices. ... more
  • Tribute to Mel Hall 19th October 2017 I acknowledge the tremendous work being done in the Lake Macquarie area by Mel Hall. The words "colourful character" get thrown around too often these days when they should be reserved for people like Mel, who brings great joy to many people. ... more
  • (Ticket Scalping and Gift Cards) Bill 2017 18th October 2017 This is much-needed reform. In some ways, the issues now surrounding the event ticketing industry are another example of how regulation and legislation have struggled to keep up with technology and the modern world. I have no doubt that this reform will be accepted by the vast majority of fair-minde... ... more
  • Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 18th October 2017 I commence my contribution to debate on the debate on the Aboriginal Languages Bill 2017 by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation on whose land we meet. I also pay my respects to the people of the lands I represent, the Awabakal people of the Awabakal nation. I pay my respect to elders... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Palliative Care Services 18th October 2017 This notice of motion relates to the provision of palliative care outreach services within Lake Macquarie and, no doubt in other areas of the Lower Hunter and perhaps around the State. There is no moment in time more charged with emotion ... more
  • South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club 12th October 2017 I acknowledge South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club for the remarkable work they do in our local community. The club, which sails out of Sunshine on the southern shores of Lake Macquarie, is ... more
  • Toronto High School students 11th October 2017 There are many young people in Lake Macquarie who are doing great things in our community, often unseen and unheralded. The effort of six Year 10 students from Toronto High School who recently completed a 250-kilometre track along the Great North Walk ... more
  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Bill 2017 10th October 2017 Coal will need to be phased out as the main source of energy, including base load energy, for people in New South Wales. If that is not managed well there will be a revolt against that transition. ... more
  • Transport Access Program: Wyee and Dora Creek train stations 21st September 2017 My question is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. With extraordinary expenditure being applied to parts of the rail network, such as Newcastle, will the Minister advise what is being done through the Transport Access Program for modest but important upgrades to stations such ... ... more
  • Tribute: Dylan Bolch 21st September 2017 I acknowledge the achievements of Dylan Bolch, who is a wonderful example of the fantastic young tradespeople we have in Lake Macquarie. From the suburb of Woodrising, Dylan is a 22-year-old welder who has been chosen to join an elite team of young tradespeople to represent Australia at the WorldSki... ... more
  • Tribute: Robert 'Dutchy' Holland 21st September 2017 It is with great sadness that I inform the House that Lake Macquarie lost one of its finest at the weekend with the passing Robert "Dutchy" Holland. His sporting achievements on the world stage were outshone only by his dedication to family and the local community. Well remembered for taking wickets... ... more
  • Private Member's Statement: Service NSW kiosk at Toronto 20th September 2017 The people of Lake Macquarie are starting to wonder what the Government will take away from them next. They are also starting to wonder what the "service" in Service NSW means, because they are certainly not getting very much from the State's bureaucracy despite the apparent good intentions of the G... ... more
  • Retail Trading Amendment (Boxing Day) Bill 2017 20th September 2017 Primarily I believe the work/life balance of Australian families is out of whack and drifting dangerously. I rarely stray into the sphere of traditionalism when talking about social structures and norms but the Christmas?Boxing Day tradition of getting together with family and friends will be damage... ... more
  • Public Health Amendment (Vaccinations) 18th September 2017 Most importantly, this bill introduces measures that will mean a childcare centre will only be able to enrol a child who has been age-appropriately vaccinated. The Minister has outlined several exemptions to that rule, including allowances for children on an approved catch-up schedule, children who ... ... more
  • Tribute: David Edmond 14th September 2017 The Lake Macquarie community is very proud of its returned service men and women, and none more so than Dave Edmond of Wangi Wangi. The Vietnam veteran was recently awarded life membership of the National RSL. That is a fitting tribute to a man who served his country valiantly not only as a rifleman... ... more
  • Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017 9th August 2017 I feel compelled to speak in debate on the Sydney Public Reserves (Public Safety) Bill 2017. I state at the outset that I will not be supporting the bill. I join those on this side of the House who have expressed concern ... more
  • Tribute to Itje-Marru Aboriginal Resource Centre 9th August 2017 I recently had the great privilege of attending the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Itji-Marru Aboriginal Resource Centre at Morisset High School, which I am very pleased to acknowledge in ... more
  • Waste recycling industry 9th August 2017 I direct my question to the Minister for the Environment. Given recent exposure and scrutiny of the waste and recycling industry, will the Minister support an inquiry to examine the viability of the industry and its systemic flaws, ... more
  • Tribute to Professor Stephen Deane, AM 22nd June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:42 ): I bring to the attention of the House Professor Stephen Deane who was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant contribution to the world of medicine. ... more
  • Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017 21st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 11:18 ): I too contribute to debate on the Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Power and Parole) Bill 2017. I state from the outset that I support the bill and I commend the Government for acting swiftly on the recommendations of ... more
  • Palliative Care Services - Petition 1st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 16:50 ): By leave: I make a contribution to the discussion on the petition signed by 10,000 or more persons tabled on behalf of the people of Orange and the greater district by the member for Orange, who is in the Chamber. Minister for Health ... more
  • Plastics Pollution - Question Time 1st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:11 ): My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. Given research showing that small plastic particles, including microbeads and microfibres, are increasingly being found in the food chain, what is the Government doing to address ... more
  • Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2017 1st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 11:41 ): This is a great opportunity to speak on this private member's bill, the Public Health ( Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2017, which has been brought to the House by the Leader of the Opposition. I acknowledge that leadership. I say up ... more
  • Regional Infrastructure Investment 1st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:24 ): By leave: It was not my intention to contribute to this debate because there are other debates to take part in. However, the subject of the debate is very important to the 93 electorates across New South Wales. I acknowledge the positive element of the o... ... more
  • Rural Fire Service Volunteers 1st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 16:01 ): I recently had the pleasure of attending the New South Wales Rural Fire Service volunteer appreciation service at Doyalson. Among those honoured was Neville Koch, currently the captain of Mandalong Rural Fire Service Brigade, ... more
  • Thyroid Disorders Awareness 1st June 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:46 ): I am pleased to contribute to this matter of public importance brought to the attention of the House by the member for Maitland. I endorse the comments of the member for ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange 25th May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:07 ): I support the motion of the member for Wallsend, and I commend the member for Wallsend for moving it. The Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange at Glendale will ... more
  • Plastics Pollution - Private Member's Statement 25th May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:36 ): There is no doubt that we are discovering what may be the most significant environmental issue of our time. Surprisingly, I am talking about plastics in all their ... more
  • Hillsborough Road, Warners Bay - Question Time 24th May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:15 ): My question is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight. I should note that it is probably on behalf of the member for Charlestown too. Noting that it is now 12 months since the tragic death of 15-year-old Lake Macquarie girl ... more
  • Liquor Amendment (Reviews) Bill 2017 23rd May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 18:41 ): The bill is relatively modest in size and scale and its merits have been well covered by other members. I will be supporting the bill. This is an area that is fraught and I recognise the Minister and his staff are trying to get this right and satisfy ... more
  • Tribute to Senior Constable Douglas Eaton 23rd May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 19:42 ): Each September we pause to remember and pay tribute to the police men and women who have been killed on duty while serving to protect our local communities. Since the inception of Police Remembrance Day 254 members of the ... more
  • Cancer Research Fundraising Events 11th May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( La ke Macquarie ) ( 16:18 ): There are few people who have not been touched by cancer either directly or indirectly. There are even fewer of the likes of Lisa Greissl who have not only had the strength to beat it but help to cure it. This young Lake Macquarie mum was ... more
  • Public Health Amendment (Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes) Bill 2016 11th May 2017 I am concerned that the standards we expect in aged care in New South Wales are being lessened. I have heard Government members speak about their concerns over the impact this bill would have on the number ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year Award 3rd May 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:18 ): Lake Macquarie is blessed with many wonderful community-minded people, and a fine example is Vivienne Bruce. I recently had the privilege of presenting Viv with the Lake Macquarie Woman of the Year Award, which recognised ... more
  • Suitors' Fund Amendment (Costs of NCAT Appeals) Bill 2016 6th April 2017 Mr GREG PIPE R ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 12:08 ): I refer to the Suitors' Fund Amendment (Costs of NCAT Appeals) Bill 2016 introduced by the member for Liverpool. It is quite clear from the overview of the bill that it ... more
  • Greyhound Racing Bill 2017 4th April 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 18:43 ): I contribute to debate on the Greyhound Racing Bill 2017. The Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill thrust upon us in 2016 may have been prosecuted by its supporters for what they believed at the time to be all the right ... more
  • Housing Affordability - Private Member's Statement 4th April 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 21:12 ): As I stand here in the Parliament today, the cost of buying a home in my electorate of Lake Macquarie slips further from the reach of yet another family. According to property monitoring services Domain and RP Data, the median house ... more
  • Medicinal Cannabis - Question Time 4th April 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:06 ): My question is directed to the Premier. Will the Government consider implementing a moratorium on the prosecution of persons for the use and supply of medical marijuana while the Government oversees clinical trials and develops a definitive policy? ... more
  • Local Government Amendment (Rates—Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017 29th March 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:55 ): I contribute to debate on the Local Government Amendment (Rates—Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017. I have been encouraged to get on and get off quickly. I acknowledge the Minister for Local Government, who has come to the Chamber to listen to my contributi... ... more
  • Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017 28th March 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:03 ): I contribute briefly to debate on the Fire and Emergency Services Levy Bill 2017 and state upfront that I support the bill which I believe will create a fairer system ... more
  • Tribute to James Bennett OAM 8th March 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 13:16 ): I pay tribute to James Bennett, who continues to achieve extraordinary things for people with impaired vision despite his own disability. Mr Bennett, from Fennell Bay, was last month ... more
  • Fines Amendment Bill 2017 7th March 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 16:54 ): It is wonderful to be able to contribute to this fine bill, the Fines Amendment Bill 2017. It seems like a long time since we have come together in this House with such bonhomie over a bill. It takes me back to the heady days of the Library Amendment Bil... ... more
  • Short-Term Holiday Letting - Private Member's Statement 7th March 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 19:55 ): A parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday letting throughout the State delivered its final report to the Government in October last year. The Government's response, I understand, will be delivered formally next month ... more
  • Palliative Care - Question Time 22nd February 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 15:02 ): My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Given that the desirable ratio of palliative care physicians is one per 100,000 people and that home-based palliative ... more
  • Tribute to Robert 'Dutchy' Holland OAM 15th February 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macqu arie ) ( 13:18 ): Many people would remember Robert "Dutchie" Holland taking wickets for Australia in the mid-1980s cricket tests and famously demolishing the batting line-up of the West Indies, but in Lake Macquarie we acknowledge him equally for ... more
  • Palliative Care - Private Member's Statement 14th February 2017 Mr GREG PIPER ( Lake Macquarie ) ( 17:54 ): There is a common refrain along the lines that a society or a community can be judged on how it treats its young people and its vulnerable people, those less fortunate, the ... more
  • Prison Population and Recidivism 17th November 2016 New South Wales jails hold more inmates now than ever before. Today more than 12,500 people are incarcerated. Of those, about one-quarter are Indigenous Australians and 3,600 are on remand. It is a sad reality that almost half of the prisoners will reoffend upon release and return to jail, at great ... ... more
  • Seasonal felicitations 17th November 2016 In the spirit of converting this adversarial Chamber into a harmonious and joyous place, I too wish to provide Christmas felicitations to the many people who have been critical to my ability to do the job of representing the people of Lake Macquarie in this Parliament and those people who, by their ... ... more
  • Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016; Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 16th November 2016 I oppose the significant and complex Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 on a number of grounds but acknowledge that there is a need to address areas of failure within the existing legislation and the complex web of regulation and State environmental planning policies that provide the framework for ... ... more
  • Cupcakes for kids with cancer 16th November 2016 I acknowledge an incredible community effort led by Jacinta Gomez from Morisset Park. Jacinta, whose mother, Kirsten, was a teacher at Wyee Public School, was 12 when she was diagnosed with cancer in April this year. ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Transport Infrastructure 8th November 2016 I have previously raised in this House the planned Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange [LMTI] and associated works, which includes construction of the Pennant Street Bridge, the extension of Stockland Drive, and a new rail station and associated infrastructure. ... more
  • Wangi Wangi Centenary 20th October 2016 I pay tribute to the wonderful people of Wangi Wangi on the shores of Lake Macquarie who will come together and celebrate the centenary of their town this weekend. Born as a picturesque lakeside holiday town, Wangi has a history that is almost as colourful as some of the characters who have lived th... ... more
  • Tribute to Marilyn Mills 19th October 2016 Today I pay tribute to an extraordinary Lake Macquarie woman who has not only conquered her disability but also the sporting world. Marilyn Mills from Morisset was born with a genetic eye disease. ... more
  • Child Protection (Working with Children) and Other Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 18th October 2016 I too wish to contribute to the debate on the Child Protection (Working with Children) and Other Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which I broadly support. ... more
  • Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 18th October 2016 I support the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 and I consider this to be an historic occasion. I congratulate the Premier, Ministers and members of Parliament across the board for their advocacy for and delivery of this bill. Members often tacitly ... ... more
  • Waltz-Sing Matildas 13th October 2016 I acknowledge an extraordinary group which brings smiles to the faces of many people with special needs in my community. In 2002 a group of nine families headed by John and Carolyn Thoroughgood began a group called the Waltz-Sing Matildas. ... more
  • Social and Affordable Housing NSW Fund Bill 2016 11th October 2016 I contribute to debate on the Social and Affordable Housing NSW Fund Bill 2016 and state at the outset that I support the bill. I acknowledge the Government's efforts to provide adequate and affordable housing in this State. ... more
  • Out-Of-Home Care 22nd September 2016 My question is directed to the Minister for Planning. Given that the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund Advisory Board has been dissolved, will the Minister advise on what will happen to the $50 million that was left over in residual funds and whether a new Hunter-based body will be establish... ... more
  • Ronda Mary Miller, Clerk of Legislative Assembly 22nd September 2016 It is a great honour to say a few words about Ronda Miller as she departs this place. It has been reflected on that this is a sad occasion, but I know that Ronda is looking forward to it so I am pleased for her as she enters the next stage of her life. ... more
  • Centenary of Anzac 21st September 2016 I am pleased to return to my contribution to this debate. I note the point at which I left off was about the contribution of many people in World War II serving at the Rathmines Catalina seaplane base which is in my electorate which was the largest flying boat base in the Southern Hemisphere at the ... ... more
  • Peter Pan Preschool 21st September 2016 I acknowledge a wonderful organisation that has not only served the children of my electorate for more than 50 years but also encapsulates the true meaning of community spirit. ... more
  • Land and Property Information NSW (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016 20th September 2016 I make a contribution to debate on the Land and Property Information (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016. I note that the Treasurer is in the House. I also note that around 30 minutes into the speech of the member for Cessnock he almost had the Government in agreement. ... more
  • Centenary of Anzac 15th September 2016 I am very pleased to be able to add briefly to the debate in this House on the Centenary of Anzac. The debate, introduced by the member for Wagga Wagga in May last year, has elicited many fascinating and poignant stories from members who have contributed to it. This is a very important milestone and... ... more
  • Morisset Public School 125th Anniversary 13th September 2016 All members have schools in their electorates with wonderful stories to tell of the achievements of their students and faculty. Many of those schools are equally renowned for the wonderful lives, careers and stories that their former students create in their post-school years ... more
  • Contaminated Land Management 24th August 2016 My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Planning. Would the Minister advise whether the review of the planning system, with particular reference to State environmental planning policy [SEPP] 55 and the Codes SEPP, will provide for simplification and clarity in managing contaminate... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Rio 2016 Olympians 24th August 2016 I inform the House of the silver lining that emerged over Lake Macquarie from the 2016 Rio Olympics. Last Friday morning people from around my electorate cheered home three local champions who won three silver medals in Olympic sailing events. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen raced near-perfect fi... ... more
  • Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill 2016 23rd August 2016 It is extraordinary to be here tonight debating the Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill 2016. The die has been cast and the numbers have come up, so very little will change based on the merits of this debate. If nothing else, bringing this matter to a head today and having it completed tonight will br... ... more
  • Transport Access Program 11th August 2016 My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. Noting that the initial four-year Transport Access Program, largely expended in the Sydney metropolitan area, has expired, will the Government commit to ... more
  • Hunter TAFE Apprentice of the Year 10th August 2016 Today I recognise young Lake Macquarie people who offer yet more proof that our future is in good hands. At the age of 11, Cejay Alsop found himself drawn to his father's back shed at their Silverwater home, which was equipped with ... more
  • Intrepid Landcare 9th August 2016 One often hears people despair about the world we will leave for future generations, particularly in relation to loss of our natural areas and our native animals. With so much already gone and seemingly relentless pressure on our bushland, anyone would be a fool to dismiss such concerns. I, too, som... ... more
  • Tribute to Bill Hall 3rd August 2016 I pay tribute today to an extraordinary man who provides inspiration to many in the community. Bill Hall will celebrate his 104th birthday in November, yet he still lives independently in his Coal Point home. ... more
  • Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill 2016 24th June 2016 I too wish to contribute to debate on the Local Government and Elections Legislation Amendment (Integrity) Bill 2016. This is a vexed area and has been a problem in New South Wales since the foundation of the State and probably back to the Rum Corps ... more
  • Hillsborough Road Safety 23rd June 2016 In contributing to this debate I wish to first reflect on the tragic death of Jade Frith and put on record once more my condolences to Jade's parents, Melissa and Matthew, and her brother, Josh, for their loss. There is no doubt that this incident changed many lives ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange 23rd June 2016 My question is directed to the Premier. With the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange failing to receive any funding in this week's budget, despite support from Hunter councils, the Hunter Business Chamber, the NRMA, the Property Council ... more
  • Marine Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 22nd June 2016 I make a contribution to debate on the Marine Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. I am particularly pleased to follow the member for Cessnock in this debate who would have a lot of personal watercraft in the creeks in his electorate. ... more
  • Tribute to Frank Allen 22nd June 2016 Today I pay tribute to a man who dedicated most of his 99 years to making the world a better place. Frank Allen, from Toronto, passed away last week just a few months short of his 100th birthday. He was a gentle man, a former miner and a noted cook. Right up until his death, Frank Allen was a tirele... ... more
  • Wyee and Dora Creek Stations Access 21st June 2016 Wyee and Dora Creek railway stations in my electorate recently received a welcome facelift with painting and other cosmetic improvements, but I inform the House and the Minister for Transport that while this work is appreciated, it is a long way from what is required to bring these two stations into... ... more
  • Courts Legislation Amendment (Disrespectful Behaviour) Bill 2016 1st June 2016 I contribute to debate on the Courts Legislation Amendment (Disrespectful Behaviour) Bill 2016. I appreciate the contribution of my crossbench colleague the member for Balmain. He has made some valid points, although I do not entirely agree with his final conclusion. I find it ironic and hypocritica... ... more
  • Coastal Management Bill 2016 31st May 2016 I wish to contribute to the debate on the Coastal Management Bill 2016. I say at the outset that I will be supporting the bill. This legislation, which will replace the Coastal Protection Act 1979, is arguably quite overdue. Australians love the coast. We love the climate it provides and the recreat... ... more
  • Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 12th May 2016 I support the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Review) Bill 2016 and welcome the added protection and support it will provide to the victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence, whether physical, ... more
  • Jobs Growth and Procurement Policy 11th May 2016 My question is directed to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property. Noting the Commonwealth's decision on submarine procurement maximises the use of Australian worker input, will the Minister advise whether the Government will give a similar weighting to the benefits of local content in deci... ... more
  • Australian Native Landscapes, Cooranbong 10th May 2016 It is disappointing for me that once again I speak about an issue that was raised in this place some three years ago and have to report that the situation has not improved—and, indeed, in some ways is worse. ... more
  • Superannuation Administration Corporation (Pillar) (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016 10th May 2016 I refer to the Superannuation Administration Corporation (Pillar) (Authorised Transaction) Bill 2016. I note that the Treasurer is in the Chamber as we draw to the conclusion of this debate. I was moved to speak on this bill because the member for Cessnock spoke to me about the proposed Opposition a... ... more
  • Glendale TAFE 5th May 2016 I am always happy to support well-considered motions moved by the member for Wallsend, including this motion on Glendale TAFE. I recognise the member as a great grassroots advocate for her electorate. ... more
  • Tribute to Jade Frith 4th May 2016 On the afternoon of Tuesday 26 April a young woman was struck by a car at Warners Bay, causing serious injury. That young woman, 15-year-old Jade Frith, tragically died the following day in John Hunter Hospital. Jade lived with her family at Coal Point in Lake Macquarie and was, by all accounts, gre... ... more
  • Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016; Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Bill 2016 3rd May 2016 I speak on the Crimes (Serious Crime Prevention Orders) Bill 2016 and its cognate bill, the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Public Safety) Bill 2016. While I understand the intention of the bills, I will be opposing them on the grounds that this is yet another unwarranted step in... ... more
  • Electricity Supply Amendment (Advanced Meters) Bill 2016 22nd March 2016 I make a brief contribution to debate on the Electricity Supply Amendment (Advanced Meters) Bill 2016. It sounds like a fairly dry topic but it is of great interest to anyone who is on the grid producing electricity through the solar photovoltaic [PV] systems as well as those who may be subsidising ... ... more
  • Heaven can Wait Sailing Regatta 21st March 2016 My electorate of Lake Macquarie has a rich diversity of people who, for the greatest part, are ready and willing to go above and beyond to lend a helping hand, to look after each other or in some way to do good things for their community, and that is invariably without too much fuss or desire for so... ... more
  • Hunter Regional Plan 17th March 2016 My question is directed to the Minister for Planning. What consideration has been made for the provision of funding essential to implementing key components of the Hunter Regional Plan over the life of the plan, once adopted? ... more
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2016 16th March 2016 I speak briefly in support of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Amendment Bill 2016, which will provide invaluable information to an increasing number of people born to donor parents. I believe this bill deals sensitively with many of the issues those people face, and strikes a good balance betw... ... more
  • Fair Trading Amendment (Fuel Price Transparency) Bill 2016 16th March 2016 Notwithstanding the concerns raised by the shadow Minister for Innovation and Regulation, including questions around possible duplication of Commonwealth requirements and the regulatory burden, I strongly support the Fair Trading Amendment (Fuel Price Transparency) Bill 2016. It should be seen as a... ... more
  • Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 15th March 2016 I make a brief contribution on the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016. I commence by saying that I do not find it unreasonable for the Government to review the existing suite of legislation available to manage risk associated with protests and o... ... more
  • Bonnells Bay Progress Association 9th March 2016 After many years of dedicated community work, the current executive of Bonnells Bay Progress Association will soon retire. While regrettable, it is understandable as each of them has given more than requested and more than expected. Col Roach has held the position of president for the past 15 years ... ... more
  • Transport Administration Amendment (Authority to Close Railway Lines) Bill 2016 9th March 2016 The member for Riverstone started slow, hit his straps and then tapered off a bit at the end. I am not talking about the quality of his contribution; he was certainly on fire. It was great. I will make a few remarks on the Transport Administration Amendment (Authority to Close Railway Lines) Bill 20... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Lead Contamination 24th February 2016 I wish to update the House on progress concerning lead contamination in northern Lake Macquarie and note the concerns of local residents about the continued stigmatization of their suburb. It has arisen from a recent renewed focus on its post-industrial challenges. Lead contamination in Boolaroo and... ... more
  • Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2016 24th February 2016 I dearly wish to contribute to debate on the Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse) Bill 2016. I acknowledge the Government, particularly the Attorney General, for bringing this bill before the House. ... more
  • Transport Access Program 24th February 2016 My question is directed to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. Will the Government undertake to fix the significant and dangerous accessibility issues at train stations in western Lake Macquarie, particularly at Dora Creek and the increasingly busy Wyee stations, through the Transport Acc... ... more
  • Belmont Motor Registry 18th February 2016 I thank the member for Swansea for her hard work in raising a petition with more than 11,000 signatures before the end of last year. Some 11,000 constituents in my electorate also signed a petition. That means 22,000 people in our electorates are concerned about the loss of motor registry facilities... ... more
  • Toronto Motor Registry 18th February 2016 My notice of motion was submitted last August when, after a year or more of speculation and uncertainty, our community was told that it was to lose its well-used and highly regarded motor registry. Since that time things have moved quickly, with its years of service to the community coming ... more
  • Newcastle Buses Employees 19th November 2015 My question is directed to the Minister for Transport. In light of the announcement that Newcastle bus, ferry and light rail services are to be privatised, will the Minister guarantee that existing employees of Newcastle Buses will be provided with the options of both ongoing employment and redundan... ... more
  • Attorney General 18th November 2015 I find the quality of the debate and the behaviour of members in this House on this motion today to be amongst the worst I have seen in my time in the House. ... more
  • Fisheries Management Amendment Bill 2015 18th November 2015 I make a brief contribution to debate on the Fisheries Management Amendment Act 2015, and I will be a little more positive. This is a very complex bill and it is broad in its application. I do not doubt that the examples of concern raised by the Opposition are genuine. I do not doubt that there are ... ... more
  • Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No 2) 2015 18th November 2015 I contribute to debate on the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (No 2) 2015. This bill is part of a longstanding parliamentary process. It is a housekeeping bill that tidies up aspects of several Acts that have come ... more
  • Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 17th November 2015 I speak to the Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, primarily to outline some of my concerns about moves to further the encouragement of gambling in this State. My views on this matter have been publicly stated and are quite consistent. While I am not a fan of gaming, I am a realist—I accept... ... more
  • Newcastle Public Transport 10th November 2015 I speak today about Transport for Newcastle, the new regional authority announced by the transport Minister last week. First, I point out that the idea of a regional transport authority for Newcastle and the Hunter is not new. Regional leaders and forward-thinking people in our community have suppo... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Councils Proposed Amalgamation 27th October 2015 I speak on behalf of what I believe is an overwhelming majority of Lake Macquarie residents who are opposed to the proposal for an amalgamation of the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle city councils. ... more
  • Bail Amendment Bill 2015; Terrorism (Police Powers) Amendment Bill 2015 22nd October 2015 I too make a brief contribution to debate on the Bail Amendment Bill 2015 and Terrorism (Police Powers) Amendment Bill 2015, which are introduced in this House as cognate bills. ... more
  • Toronto Motor Registry 22nd October 2015 It is with great pride in my community that I speak in this debate today. We are having this debate because the people of the Lake Macquarie electorate have unequivocally made their views on this matter known by way of the almost 11,000 petition signatures collected in just over two weeks opposing ... ... more
  • Local Government Amalgamations 21st October 2015 My question is directed to the Premier. Given that councils such as Lake Macquarie and Newcastle ticked all the boxes under the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal [IPART] other than the nebulous scope and capacity criteria, will the Government, ... more
  • Tribute to Charles Lonergan 21st October 2015 I pay my respects to the memory of Charles Lonergan of Brightwaters, a Lake Macquarie legend who passed away aged 101 last Sunday. I first met Charlie in the early 1980s and was taken with his passion for and deep knowledge of the history ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Electorate Air Pollution 15th October 2015 I take this opportunity to raise the issue of air quality in Lake Macquarie. This is an ongoing issue in my electorate about which I have spoken in this House on a number of occasions. I have also had regular discussions with the office of the current environment Minister and his immediate predecess... ... more
  • Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Bill 2015 14th October 2015 Along with many other members, I contribute to debate on the Local Government Amendment (Councillor Misconduct and Poor Performance) Bill 2015. I acknowledge that the Minister for Local Government and the Office of Local Government have tried to correct the problems that the community has perceived ... ... more
  • Tribute to Blair Watters 14th October 2015 I congratulate vehicle painter Blair Watters of Speers Point on his performance in the recent international finals of the WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Blair competed in the Vehicle Refinish category and was ... more
  • Lt Creek Remediation 13th October 2015 I speak about LT Creek, a waterway in the north-western part of my electorate that flows into Fennell Bay. Fennell Bay is close to Toronto, as is the suburb of the same name. It is a substantial local catchment occupying ... more
  • Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015 17th September 2015 I support the intent of the Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which is to crack down on antisocial and criminal behaviour evinced by a small minority of social housing tenants who, through their wanton actions, make life difficult for and in extreme cases threaten th... ... more
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme 16th September 2015 I congratulate the Government not just on today's historic step in the signing of this agreement with the Commonwealth but also on its support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme [NDIS] and people with disabilities during its term in Government. I also acknowledge the Opposition in this pl... ... more
  • Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line at Newcastle) Bill 2015 16th September 2015 I, too, will contribute to debate on the Transport Administration Amendment (Closure of Railway Line at Newcastle) Bill 2015. At the outset I acknowledge that the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure is at the table, listening to the speeches of many members on this bill. I will say that refle... ... more
  • Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2015 15th September 2015 I support the Independent Commission Against Corruption Amendment Bill 2015 and congratulate the Premier on introducing it. This bill addresses many of the concerns the community holds about recent attempts to undermine the strength of the Independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC]. It will re... ... more
  • Armidale Rural Referral Hospital 10th September 2015 It gives me some pleasure to stand on this side of the House and contribute to debate on the motion moved by the member for Northern Tablelands, my friend Adam Marshall. The motion thanks the Minister for Health and the Deputy Premier for this very significant investment in the member's electorate. ... ... more
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees 10th September 2015 I acknowledge all those who have contributed to this debate as well as those who are not able to do so today but share in the sentiment that has been shown across the House. I am delighted to support the motion moved by the member for Sydney and to use this opportunity to welcome yesterday's announc... ... more
  • Joint Select Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices in New South Wales 10th September 2015 I will make some brief comments on the findings and operation of the Joint Standing Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices. I particularly acknowledge the chair, the member for Northern Tablelands, Mr Adam Marshall, and the deputy chair, the Hon. Mick Veitch, from the upper House, for the... ... more
  • Biosecurity Bill 2015 9th September 2015 In contributing to debate on the Biosecurity Bill 2015, I add my voice to those who have already expressed concern about this legislation being used as a means to silence animal activists. ... more
  • Toronto Motor Registry 8th September 2015 I again draw to the attention of this House an issue that has Lake Macquarie residents upset and perplexed—that is, the proposed closure of the Toronto Motor Registry. Correspondence to my office on this one topic has been off the charts, with residents overwhelmingly opposed to the decision announ... ... more
  • Toronto Motor Registry 27th August 2015 With some trepidation, I direct my question to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property. In the light of significant community opposition, will the Minister agree to have the decision to close the Toronto motor registry reviewed and have the department investigate conversion of the site to a ... ... more
  • Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Bill 2015 26th August 2015 I contribute to the debate on the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Bill 2015 which aims to give councils the powers to act against people who use public streets for the long-term storage of boats and trailers. It is argued that this power is needed to address potential safety concerns... ... more
  • Tribute to Darryl Marshall 26th August 2015 I acknowledge the contributions to the State Emergency Service [SES] of former Lake Macquarie controller Darryl Marshall, who recently stepped down from the role after 27 years. Darryl ... more
  • Disability Care Hub 13th August 2015 My question is directed to the Minister for Family and Community Services, representing the Minister for Ageing, and Minister for Disability Services. Given concern that non-government organisations lack capacity to provide adequate care in the community for people with the most profound development... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie State Emergency Service 6th August 2015 All members would be well aware of the impact of the east coast low that hit on 20 April, sweeping a destructive path from the Shoalhaven to Myall Lakes, with the Hunter and Central Coast regions bearing the brunt. Like the infamous Pasha Bulker storm of 2007, this weather event created absolute hav... ... more
  • Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Bill 2015 5th August 2015 I will make a brief contribution to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Bill 2015 and state my support for the bill. In any reference to firearms in this instance ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Classic Boatshed; HMAS Tobruk and Meals on Wheels 23rd June 2015 I inform the House about the Lake Macquarie Classic Boatshed, a relatively new community group in my electorate that is loosely based on the concept of men's sheds but open to both men and women and with a distinctly nautical theme. It is loosely based on a similar organisation in Tasmania called th... ... more
  • Dora Creek and Wyee Railway Stations Easy Access 3rd June 2015 I bring to the attention of members of the House and the new Minister for Transport issues relating to poor accessibility at Dora Creek and Wyee railway stations in my electorate. Accessibility has been the subject of past requests by me to the former Minister for Transport and was aired in this Hou... ... more
  • Heaven can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 3rd June 2015 I would like to acknowledge the organisers of the annual Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta for another outstanding fundraising effort and a successful event in 2015. ... more
  • Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Bill 2015 28th May 2015 I speak on behalf of my constituents in debate on the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Bill 2015 and the cognate Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Bill 2015 and make it clear from the outset that I do not support them—a position I believe I share with the vast majority ... ... more
  • Newcastle Rail Services 28th May 2015 My question is directed to the Premier. Given strong public support for Newcastle's light rail to run down the existing rail corridor, will the Premier consider reverting to this more practical and economical option and divert the $100 million in savings to fully fund the much-needed Lake Macquarie ... ... more
  • Public Health (Tobacco) Amendment (E-Cigarettes) Bill 2015 26th May 2015 I make a brief contribution to debate on the Public Health (Tobacco) Amendment (E-cigarettes) Bill 2015. To my knowledge, the use of e-cigarettes is not widespread in my electorate and I hope it remains that way, especially in regard to their use by children. But as surely as night follows day—and a... ... more
  • Local Government Amalgamations 14th May 2015 I acknowledge the Minister at the table and thank him for respecting the motion moved by the member for Sydney and appearing here to listen to this debate. I strongly support the motion, even though we saw a wonderful and colourful exhibition by the member for Kiama. ... more
  • International Nurses Day 12th May 2015 It is my pleasure to contribute to this discussion of the matter of public importance and to mark International Nurses Day, which is celebrated annually around the world on 12 May, which ... more
  • Northern Lake Macquarie Lead Abatement Strategy 6th May 2015 My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With the Environment Protection Authority [EPA] appointed Lead Expert Working Group currently reviewing the effectiveness of the Lead Abatement Strategy in northern Lake Macquarie, will the Minister assure the community that the Government... ... more
  • Lake Macquarie Electorate Storm Damage 5th May 2015 Mr Deputy-Speaker, I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your re-election and reappointment to the position of Deputy-Speaker. Following the member for Holsworthy, I too wish to speak about the storm and tempest in April. I use my first speaking opportunity in this new Parliament to inform ... ... more