As a parliamentarian, you are afforded the chance to effect real change for the people of NSW if you choose to embrace the opportunity. For me, I am impacted by the experience of watching my father die a slow death over three and a half years, after being left in a nursing home incontinent and bedridden after a severe stroke.
I refused my father’s request to assist him to die, and that is a memory I live with since. It is not fair or just that our current laws preclude terminally ill people who are facing a painful and imminent death from having the means to die on their own terms and with dignity.Read more
Women’s sport is booming around the country. With record crowds smashing all expectations in women’s AFL, netball launching its new Super League and women’s soccer, rugby league and union all continuing to grow, the NSW Government is getting behind women’s sport.
$10 million has been committed to encourage girls to start playing – and stay playing – their favourite sport.Read more
Young men are being encouraged to “show some betiquette” when gambling on sports as part of a NSW Government advertising campaign, Minister for Racing Paul Toole said today.
Mr Toole said the innovative campaign promotes responsible betting among men aged 18 to 35, who are at higher risk of problem gambling than other adults.Read more
The NSW Government has announced that rural and regional events held from January to June next year, can now apply for grants under Round One of next year’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund.
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said the Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, offers annual grants of up to $20,000 to new and existing smaller-scale events.Read more
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Federal Coalition Government is working to keep energy prices down and deliver a reliable baseload of power for residents and businesses in the New England Electorate.
Along with the Prime Minister and fellow Ministers, Mr Joyce said he had secured the agreement of energy retailers to inform more of their customers that lower energy costs are available, which means as many as 2 million Australian families and small businesses could save hundreds of dollars on their energy bill.Read more
After 18 years of representing the Murrumbidgee and Murray electorates, Adrian Piccoli, one of our longest serving MPs, has announced he is stepping back from the demands of political life, taking an opportunity that will allow him to spend more time with his family and still serve the educational needs of regional and rural Australia.
As the first Nationals MP to hold the education portfolio in 35 years, his dedication to the field saw him frequently regarded as a Minister who truly “got it” by peers, teachers, parents and even the opposition.Read more