This week will be the first time the Opposition will be able to take the O'Farrell government ministers through their paces at Estimates hearings. Six months into a Coalition government we'll find out which Ministers will sink or swim.
If you are a Labor party member you should have received your ballot papers for National President. There are 6 candidates. Rainbow Labor has surveyed the candidates on issues like marriage equality, anti-discrimination legislation and reaching out to GLBTI communities. You can check out their responses here. Voting closes Friday, 18 November.
In NSW the ballot for the new Policy forum is now open. There are 63 candidates vying for 16 positions. You can vote online or via postal vote. This ballot is important as those elected will have a key role in shaping the state platform before the next state election. Rainbow Labor also surveyed these candidates. You need to cast your vote by 7 November.
This weekend I'll be joining a cross-party group of MPs, a selection of journos and parliament house staff in the Dragon Boat Regatta at Darling Harbour. The Paddling Pollies are raising funds for Dragons Abreast who raise money for breast cancer awareness and support breast cancer survivors. If you can sponsor our efforts, please do.
Last week I hosted a gathering of Balmain Labor Party members at Parliament House to celebrate 120 years of the Balmain Branch. Tanya Plibersek and Verity Firth were our special guests. This is the speech I made in the parliament celebrating this important milestone.
Speech of the week: Luke Foley lays out the case against Nick Greiner and his many conflicts as head of Infrastructure NSW.
Website of the week: The Power Index. If you are interested in who influences whom in NSW. This is well worth a read.
PS: This year is the 40th anniversary of the landmark Levine ruling that underpins access to safe abortions in NSW. Congratulations to WAAC for hosting a forum yesterday to draw attention to the importance of this milestone and to continue to work towards removal of abortion from the criminal code in NSW.
What's the NSW Labor Opposition been up to over the past fortnight?
Meanwhile, the Government continues its attacks on workers in this state:
And the Government keeps on breaking their own election promises, including:
What's happening in my duty electorates?
The Opposition issued a call for papers in the upper house for all papers related to the Budget. I spent some more time over the past week digging through boxes of paper to uncover the Government's budget reports for capital projects and programs in each of my Duty Electorates.
Any member of the public may come to the Parliament to view these documents, I have provided these reports for each of my duty electorates:
*** Penny in the Parliament
I led for the Opposition in the Universities Governing Bodies Bill and TAFE Amendment (Staff Employment) Bill debates. I asked the Government a Question without Notice about the Hunter Express Way.
*** Take Action
Rainbow Labor invites you to "Stand Up for Marriage Equality"
Hosted by Julie McCrossin with special guest the Hon. Kristina Keneally MP.
With the ALP National Conference less than a month away, Rainbow Labor wants YOU to put your money where your mouth is and stand up for marriage equality!
In return we promise good company, live entertainment, and a great start to your Friday night.
Cost: $40 / $10 concession (drinks & nibbles). PAY ON THE DOOR.
When: 6pm – 8pm, Friday 4 November Where: Level 7, CPSU Offices, 5/191-199 Thomas St, Haymarket
RSVP / info: firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0415 525 344
Rainbow Labor is also looking for 5 volunteers to help out on the night. If you can help out on 4 November please contact email@example.com.
Reclaim the Night Rally 2011 Friday 28th October 2011
Reclaim the Night is a global women’s protest against men’s sexual violence held on the last Friday in October each year. This year the march will begin at 6pm at Town Hall, route TBA. Speakers include Nina Funnell, Mish Glitter Pony and Karen Willis from the NSW Rape Crisis Centre.
More info and to RSVP, click on the Facebook Page. For info about Reclaim the Night, check out: http://www.isis.aust.com/rtn/
Inquries receiving submissions:
Inquiry into Inclusion of donor details on the register of births, closes 21 December.
This inquiry is a current Legislative Assembly inquiry conducted by the Law and Safety Committee.
The Committee is conducting an inquiry into whether there should be provision for the inclusion of donor details on the register of births maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Other Inquiries receiving submissions:
It wasn't picked up by Hansard, but new Liberal Upper House member Scot Macdonald was overheard during Question Time calling the Greens' Jeremy Buckingham:
"Alan Jones' lap dog"
following a question about a forum organised by the Mullaley Gas Pipeline Accord and the Caroona Coal Action Group which was hosted by Alan Jones.