In the past fortnight since I last wrote to you, we’ve all been shocked by the regressive measures in the federal budget, and deeply worried about what it will mean for the most vulnerable people in our community. I’ve joined public protests and spoken in parliament about the budget’s impacts on people in the Inner West, and I’ll be hosting an important public forum next week on what we can do about it. The details are below and I urge you to attend and show your support.
I’ve also been campaigning on several fronts to prevent the closure of women’s specialist services and women’s refuges, and to draw the government’s attention to the plight of White Bay residents, who are subjected to daily pollution from cruise ships.
Your views and feedback inform my campaigns, so please let me know what you think about these issues, or anything else you are interested in. I’m always out in the electorate talking to members of our community, and it is this contact with you that keeps me inspired and energetic.
Join me to stand up against the Liberals' brutal budget
Tony Abbott has unleashed an unyielding assault on universal healthcare, public education and social welfare in his first budget. If these budget measures are passed, it will undermine fairness, equity and social justice. These measures will also have a devastating effect on our community’s most disadvantaged members.
I spoke in parliament about what the budget means for our local area, and you can read a copy of my speech HERE.
I am also hosting an important public meeting on Tuesday June 3 to discuss the budget and how we can defeat it – all are welcome! Please RSVP via facebook HERE and share with your friends.
Save universal healthcare rally
The introduction of a $7 co-payment for a doctor’s visit is the beginning of the end of universal healthcare.
I will be speaking at a Save Medicare Rally at 1pm on Saturday May 31 at Sydney Town Hall. You can see details of this rally HERE
Acting to improve air quality in our community
On Tuesday, I convened a meeting between a delegation of White Bay residents, the Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes, and the Environmental Protection Authority on pollution from cruise ships at White Bay. I was pleased to facilitate this opportunity for residents to explain first-hand their experiences to the minister and the EPA.
White Bay residents are being exposed to harmful emissions from ships at the White Bay Cruise Terminal, and Sydney Ports and the government have been slow to respond to their concerns so far. Australia is currently lagging behind the US and Canada on limiting harmful emissions from ships, and I want to see better regulation of the cruise ship industry here.
You can add your support by signing our petition
Defending women’s services
Sydney women’s specialist services and refuges are under threat of closure because of short-sighted state government reforms to homelessness services. I spoke at a parliamentary forum this week about the need to retain these essential services, and I’m working with women’s specialist services to urge the government to review this system.
Closing these services would be a major setback in the provision of safe spaces for women and children who are survivors of violence or sexual abuse, or face other difficulties such as serious mental illness or drug and alcohol addiction. Because of this, some 2,000 women who need support will be left stranded, and forced into inappropriate and unstable accommodation, or may remain in dangerous environments. This is completely unacceptable.
I encourage you to sign a petition being run by SOS Women’s Services, a coalition of women and women’s services.
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