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Week 84: The next step in transparency and accountability in politics

Kylea delivering her first in a new series of Parliamentary Updates to the community.

This week, my team and I delivered the first of what I'm planning as a new series of post-parliamentary community updates. These live online meetings are an opportunity for me to share what I've been doing in Canberra recently, and what I plan to do on behalf of our community in the sitting weeks ahead.

As you know, I've been pushing hard for greater transparency and accountability in politics. Well, change starts at home and these post-parliamentary briefings will help deliver a greater level of openness in how I represent North Sydney. Thank you to the TeamTINK volunteers who attended this week’s “test” briefing. Now we have the technical aspects sorted, I'm looking forward to extending the invitation more widely to North Sydney residents after the next round of sittings in Canberra.

With Parliament resuming on Monday, my team and I have spent much of this week preparing for big discussions ahead on the EPBC Act, Superannuation Review, and the Administrative Review Tribunal. We'll also be discussing the Safety and Other Measures Bill for offshore oil and gas projects — a piece of legislation that frustratingly combines positive workplace safety changes with an environmental provision that could grant the Resources Minister more power to approve offshore petroleum projects. Watch this space.

It was a pleasure to host the first session of the 2024 North Sydney Youth Forum on Tuesday, which brought together two Year 10-11 representatives from each school in our electorate to discuss the issues important to them. These impressive young Australians were ready to take charge and delve into issues ranging from online disinformation to sexual assault, mental health, and equitable access to education. Well done to all involved. I'm looking forward to seeing these ideas develop further in the months ahead.

- KT

 

COME AND MEET KYLEA

AUSTRALIA'S CLIMATE RECORD AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR REGION
FRI 15 MAR
6:00PM-7:00PM
VIBE HOTEL, NORTH SYDNEY
A discussion with his excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati.
Register

MULTICULTURAL CONCERT FOR HARMONY WEEK
SAT 23 MARCH
3:00PM-5:00PM
CAMMERAYGAL HIGH SCHOOL, CROWS NEST
A celebration of diversity in our community, featuring performances by local primary schools and cultural groups.
Register

THE FUTURE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT FORUM
THU 4 APRIL
6:00PM-8:00PM
THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE, NORTH SYDNEY
Why are the EPBC Act reforms taking so long, and where is our Government actually up to?
Register

 

WHAT'S ON IN NORTH SYDNEY

SAT 16 MAR

CROWS NEST MARKET

WHERE:
Ernest Place, Crows Nest
WHEN:
9:00AM-4:00PM


DETAILS

SAT 16 MAR

TRIVIA NIGHT FOR THE REFUGEE ADVICE AND CASEWORK SERVICE

WHERE:
Online
WHEN:
6:30PM-10:00PM


DETAILS

TUE 19 MAR

SOLAR MADE SIMPLE

WHERE:
Longueville Sporting Club (The Diddy)
WHEN:
7:00-8:30PM


REGISTER

IN THE NEWS

‘What does integrity in politics look like?’: Independent MP speaks on GST carve-up - Sky News, 15 March. Kylea has raised questions of integrity and transparency in government as the states and territories bicker about the GST carve-up. “They tell us that it’s done by an independent body, but we know these deals are done behind the back of where they go," she says.

Truth and transparency in proposed election reforms - The New Daily, 13 March. “Transparency is not a bad thing for anybody," Kylea says of the Government's upcoming election reform legislation, noting that Australian political parties received $90 million in donations from unknown sources in the lead up to the 2022 federal election.

Palmer to contest donations limit - Sydney Morning Herald, 13 March. Kylea says Labor’s decision to pursue greater transparency on election funding is evidence of the growing influence of the integrity-minded crossbench. However she warns that any cap on spending in individual seats could advantage parties over independents — for example, spending on national TV ads that may not be captured in seat-specific limits.

Beware the vested interests fuelling the automotive status quo - The New Daily, 12 March. Those fighting the proposed vehicle efficiency standards standards are fighting for their own profit margins, and not for Australian drivers, Kylea writes in the New Daily.

Afternoon Briefing: Gender equality and more efficient cars - ABC News, 8 March. Kylea tells ABC's Afternoon Briefing that the Government must follow up its gender equality strategy with actions. "Clearly, our systems are still broken and we need to do really significant work if we want to be a nation where equity is something we truly expect," she says.

North Sydney welcomes National Strategy for Gender Equality - Media Release, 7 March. Kylea has welcomed the newly launched Working for Women: A Strategy for Gender Equality, while calling on the Government to ensure its statements of intent translate to action, with clear and measurable outcomes.

More media mentions here.

 

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