Money to lock them up, but not to lift them up

Money to lock them up, but not to lift them up

The calls for a budget that helps the disadvantaged, keeps people out of prison and protects children have been ignored in the Coalition’s state budget that squanders the proceeds of privatisation and record stamp duty windfalls to build ever more roads and prisons,...
Budget announcement won’t fix child protection system in crisis

Budget announcement won’t fix child protection system in crisis

The needs of the state’s most vulnerable children and families will not be met by the Coalition’s meager $18 million per annum funding increase into the NSW child protection system. The Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Protection released a report this year finding...
Child protection system in crisis

Child protection system in crisis

A cross-party Parliamentary report has found that the NSW child protection system is failing our state’s most vulnerable children and families, and requires an urgent reset. The multi-party report demands fundamental reform and a one-off injection of funding focussed...
Child safety must trump scripture classes in NSW schools

Child safety must trump scripture classes in NSW schools

Fresh revelations of deeply inappropriate material being taught to children at unregulated and unsupervised school scripture classes requires the new Education Minister to act. He must put children first and suspend school scripture until he has released a hidden NSW...

Children in Care [Speech]

This speech was delivered on 08.11.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the original contribution here.  With the privatisation of electricity assets, ports and lands across New South Wales, the Baird Government is receiving a one-off surge of capital. It is...