Estimates summary

Budget Estimates hearings are an opportunity for members of Parliament to ask questions of Ministers and public servants in the interest of accountability and greater transparency. David participated in Budget Estimates hearings in all of his portfolios.  Summaries of...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Planning

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Planning

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here. David asked questions about: The degree of consultation offered to the NSW public at various stages of the planning laws. Whether the department of planning has outsourced the reading and review of submissions...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Illawarra

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Illawarra

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here. David asked questions about The problems with infrastructure in the Illawarra, particularly concerning how floods affect the rail line and other transport links in the Illawarra. Controlling feral deer...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Finance and Services

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Finance and Services

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here.  David asked questions about: The viability and effectiveness of a privately-underwritten no-fault scheme in New South Wales. The effect of abolishing ‘journey claims’ from Workers Compensation claims on the...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Heritage

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Heritage

The complete transcript of the hearing is available here.  David asked questions about: Whether the Minister for Heritage will ensure that his office and the department assesses the heritage of Challoner House and pass on their input the Planning Minister before he...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Industrial Relations

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Industrial Relations

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here.  David asked questions about: • The loss of Federal funding to NSW Industrial Relations as a result of a cancelled contract with the Fair Work Ombudsman to deliver industrial relations services. • The reason...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Emergency Services

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Emergency Services

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here.   David asked questions about: • The relationship between the commissioner and the relevant unions • The average age of the fire engine fleet • The number of fire stations taken offline because of budget cuts...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Police

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Police

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here.  David asked questions about: • The time and cost involved in handling police complaints • The prosecution of of a police officer who secretly filmed his sexual acts with women • The disciplinary action taken...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Attorney General and Justice hearing

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Attorney General and Justice hearing

The complete transcript of this hearing is available here. David asked questions about: • Changes to victims compensation laws • Funding cuts to the Anti-Discrimination Board • Funding for community legal centres • Legal Aid and child sexual abuse compensation •...
ESTIMATES ROUND UP Local Government Hearing

ESTIMATES ROUND UP Local Government Hearing

Complete transcript of this hearing is available here. David asked questions about: • IPART, amalgamations and council rates • Constitutional recognition of local government • The management of dangerous dogs by councils • Protections against selling off community...
Government tries to avoid Emblems questioning in Estimates

Government tries to avoid Emblems questioning in Estimates

The NSW government is seeking to avoid senior police answering direct questions in this week’s budget estimates hearings about the police wiretapping scandal, by referring the matter to the NSW Ombudsman. As reported by ABC PM | SMH Online | Channel 7 (below)...
Minor compo reprieve for already injured workers

Minor compo reprieve for already injured workers

The NSW Finance Minister today stated in budget estimates that the time limits now applying for workers to receive medical expenses and weekly benefits will not include periods where benefits were paid before the retrospective changes were made to the law in June of...