COVID and the long view
Last week the Shadow Minister for Innovation, Technology and the Future of Work shared five big ideas for Australia's future in an address to the National Press Club.
You can watch her speech 'COVID and the long view' on ABC iView here.
Metro West needs another stop!
Back in April there was an outcry when the NSW Government released plans for the Metro West that revealed there would be no stops between Parramatta and Olympic Park. Earlier proposals for the new rail link connecting Westmead with the Sydney CBD included a stop at Rydalmere or Camellia.
I heard from many locals who were stunned by the Government’s decision to build a “once-in-a-century” project that bypasses many of the people and businesses it’s supposed to serve.
Concerned Parramatta locals made 49 submissions on the plan and more than 1,200 have signed my petition calling for another stop west of Olympic Park.
Now Transport for NSW has all but confirmed it has no intention to change its plans, despite overwhelming support for a station at Rydalmere or Camellia from residents, businesses and local Councils.
I’ve written to the Minister for Transport to let him know how important this issue is to our community and I will continue to lobby the NSW Government for another stop.
The plans still need to be approved by the Department of Planning, so it’s not too late to make a difference. If this matters to you, please write to [email protected] and let them know that Metro West needs another stop to truly serve the people and businesses of Western Sydney.
NDIS Independent Assessments
I've heard from many people with disability, their loved ones and carers who are concerned about the introduction of independent assessments to the NDIS.
Labor is opposing these changes. If you're concerned about independent assessments, I encourage you to write to the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert at: [email protected]
Please get in touch if you're concerned about, or you've been directly affected by any of the issues I talked about today - or any other federal issues.