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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 questions asked and responses received are available here: ESTIMATES ROUND UP Police ESTIMATES ROUND UP Attorney […]

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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 to a contracted external entity. The contradiction of the Director-General stating that principles […]

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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 populations in the Illawarra, and the changes made to accommodate professional hunters which have increased feral deer […]

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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 CTP scheme and premiums. What the reason is for medical costs under CTP in NSW being 44% […]

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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 asks a decision about its demolition. Whether the Minister for Heritage and the […]

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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 Questions were asked about the Commissioner of Fire and Rescue’s […]

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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 against the four officers involved in the death of Adam Salter […]

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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 • Sentencing for historic child sexual abuse • Why the submission by police to the […]

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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 land. In response to questioning by David about processes local councils are required to go through to […]

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