Inquiry Into Group Homes
Express Examiner 28 September 99
Since my last column, Parliament has resumed and the debates at Macquarie
Street have been very successful with the desired outcome of an inquiry into
residential and support services for people with disabilities. Problems that
remain to be resolved is the shortfall of funding by the Carr Government for
health services and the unrealistic slashing of police budgets.
Inquiry Into Group Homes
I was pleased to advise local constituents of the Coalition's win for people for
disabilities in delivering on its promise to fight for the establishment of an
inquiry. The Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues is
conducting the investigation into the provision of residential care and others
services. Submissions have been called for, with further information and a
package available through my office.
Dairy Deregulation Compensation
The Coalition last week called on the Carr Government to provide adequate
funding to assist NSW dairy farmers through the re-adjustment they will undergo
as a result of full deregulation of the dairy industry. Assistance measures
announcement by the Government are simply not enough. The Nationals are
committed to working closely with the NSW dairy industry to overcome the
challenges facing the industry and to ensure its future.
Casino Police Remembrance Day
Tomorrow I will be proud to join with the community as well as past and serving
police officers at the Police Remembrance in Casino. This is a tribute to all
who have lost their lives in protecting the community and national observance is
respectful in honouring their service.
I have been inundated with complaints from people who have received a letter
from NSW Agriculture, Cattle Tick Program regarding the enforcing of policy. I
am very concerned with the potential for disharmony between neighbours and the
damage to the good working relations between property owners and tick staff. I
have personally approached the Department and the Minister for Agriculture
seeking their urgent assistance to resolve the conflict.
The New HSC
Many parents have been writing to me about the implementation of the new HSC.
During Parliament, the Education Minister, John Aquilina admitted in Budget
Estimates Committee that schools will have to pay for the new HSC text books out
of their own budgets. With Mr Aquilina asserting that schools have finances to
easily afford the books. I assured the Minister that local schools in this
electorate do not have the funds. Change is always difficult and I believe most
parents are not totally opposed the new HSC, just the way in which the changes
are being rushed and implemented without sufficient planning and funding. I have
conveyed these views to the Minister for his attention.
Northern Rivers Regional Catholic Schools Athletic Students
Whilst in Sydney, local students had the opportunity to visit me in Parliament
House before heading off to compete in various events. I was proud to see the 60
or so students representing schools from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.
Guide To Development Planning Brochure
Available from my office is an updated version of this brochure, which has been
amended to refer to the Protection of the Environment Operations Act.