National Party MP's Visit
Echo 24 July 2003
National Party MP's Visit
I was pleased to host a visit by the National Party's Leader Andrew Stoner,
Deputy Leader Don Page and Upper House Member Melinda Pavey to the Lismore
electorate recently. This visit was part of a week-long North Coast tour
undertaken by MP's in an endeavour to find out the concerns of local
constituents and take their issues back to Parliament.
The recent announcement by the Carr Government to increase the tax on poker
machines will not only affect the Clubs, but the community at large. We are not
just talking about job losses and the disappearance of venues where country
communities gather, we will lose the strong financial support our clubs provide
to community, sporting and other local volunteering organisations. In addition
many local small businesses rely on the orders they get from our clubs for their
survival. The Labor Government's pokie tax hike is effectively going to hurt
everyone in the Lismore Electorate whether they are regular club visitors or
not. I have sent copies of my petition to all the clubs in the Lismore
electorate, and I am calling on all local residents to sign up, at a club or my
office, so we can send a clear message to Sydney that we cannot afford Labor's
The NSW Summit on Alcohol Abuse 2003 will be held at Parliament House from 26-29
August. I am calling on the community to provide me with relevant issues and
concerns for me to take to the Summit. The Summit will be divided into ten
working groups and, subject to the feedback from local residents, I will focus
on the Family Health and Wellbeing and Responsible Supply and Consumption
working groups. Concerned residents can write or ring my office. More
information on the Summit is available at www.alcoholsummit.nsw.gov.au.
I recently attended the 2003 Youth Parliament at Parliament House. The North
Coast was strongly represented by Amelia Walsh, Ben Lyons, Lisa Joslin, Morgan
Cowdery, Daniel Aycock & Scott Braithwaite, from Kadina High, Casino High &
Lismore High Schools. I was honoured to be Speaker of the House on the occasion
of the Bill debate in which these students took place.
Inquiry into Science & its Commercialisation in NSW
The Legislative Council Standing Committee on State Development is calling for
submissions to an inquiry into science and its commercialisation in NSW. The
inquiry will examine how to best utilise NSW Government programs to enhance the
commercialisation of science in NSW. The terms of reference for the inquiry can
be obtained from my office or the Parliament website at
www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. The closing date for written submissions is Friday 15
August 2003 should be sent to The Director, Standing Committee on State
Development, Legislative Council, Parliament House, SYDNEY NSW 2000.
Ministerial Review of Bus Services
The Minister for Transport Services has requested the review of current bus
services arrangements and to recommend strategies to ensure better bus services
for the people of NSW. The Review will focus on the existing bus network and
explore ways of delivering better access and services that the community wants.
The Review will provide information as to whether taxpayers are getting value
for their investment in the bus system. As part of this the Review will consider
improved use of resources in rural and regional communities to ensure more
flexible solutions to local transport needs. Further information can be obtained
from my office or on the internet at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/busreview. The
closing date for written submissions is Friday 22 August and should be sent to
Ministerial Review into Bus Services, c\- Ministry of Transport, GPO Box 1620,
SYDNEY NSW 2001 or by email to email@example.com.
National Science Week
This year National Science Week will take place around Australia from 16-24
August. This week is an opportunity to highlight the many important achievements
and contributions which Australian science, technology and innovation make to
our lives, our success and sustainability both as a nation and within our local
communities and industries. Further information can be obtained from the website
World of Difference
The Vodafone Australia Foundation is co-ordinating a new community program
called World of Difference. It is offering four Australians the opportunity to
spend next working for their favourite Australian registered charity, with a
year's salary (up to $50,000) and related expenses provided by the Vodafone
Australia Foundation. People wishing to apply can log on to www.vodafone.com.au.
Entries close Thursday 31 July.