Newsletters 2024

Week 87: What you can do for our environment, and your invitation to the next parliamentary update

Kylea discussing EPBC Act reforms with subject matter experts from the ACF, Climate Council, Biodiversity Council, Lock the Gate and Environmental Defenders Office.

It's been over four years since the landmark Samuel's Review found our national environmental law — the EPBC Act — in dire need of reform.

But, as we heard from panellists at our community Q+A last night, there is a real risk that the reform proposed by our current government won’t deliver the protections that we need. To make matters worse, industrial laws currently being rushed through parliament undermine these efforts by taking oversight away from the Environment Minister and allowing the Resources Minister power to approve gas projects.

We had a full house at last night's event and it is clear that North Sydney wants to see stronger environmental laws to ensure a safer future for our children and theirs. Some actions you can take now include: signing Lock the Gate's Climate Trigger Pledge that calls on the Federal Government to put climate at the heart of environmental decisions; and signing Lane Cove Councillor Bridget Kennedy's petition to impose higher penalties for tree vandalism in NSW.

I welcome your continued feedback, and will continue to push for more transparency and accountability our national environmental approval process, and clearer pathways for the public to hold the Government to account.

This week, I've continued to advocate for small businesses, which are under pressure from rising costs, interest rates, and the challenges of hiring and retaining staff. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and help keep our communities going. Yet, as I noted at the COSBOA National Summit on Wednesday, the challenges they face are often overlooked by policymakers who just don't know what it's like to run a business from day to day.

With parliament not sitting until May, I am looking forward to spending the time in our community. It was a pleasure to celebrate Greenway's 70th birthday late last week and to meet some of the talented Screen and Media students at St Leonards TAFE on Thursday, as we welcomed a new $3.2 million investment from the Federal Government for a cutting-edge LED Volume screen.

TAFE is a critical part of our higher education system, and this week's funding announcement helps give young Australians more confidence that the skills they can develop via a TAFE education are just as valued as those that are gained via a university degree. I'm excited to see this federal investment in St Leonards TAFE, which not only enhances its position as a Centre of Excellence for Media Studies in Australia, but also helps to make North Sydney an even more attractive home for our much-loved Channel 9, Fox Sports and SBS.

Finally, an invitation: my team will be hosting our second post-parliamentary update via Zoom on Tuesday. Please join us to find out more about what our community has achieved over the past two weeks in Parliament, and the issues that we will be focusing on in the weeks ahead.

As always, if there is anything my team or I can help you with, please get in touch!

- KT

 

COME AND MEET KYLEA

PARLIAMENTARY UPDATE WITH KYLEA
TUE 9 APRIL 6:00PM-6:45PM
ONLINE
Join TeamTINK for a live, post-parliamentary update from Kylea about her past two weeks in Canberra and plans for the weeks ahead.
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SOLAR MADE SIMPLE WEBINAR
TUE 30 APRIL
6:00PM-7:30PM
ONLINE
Join Kylea and volunteers from Zero Emissions Solutions for a free community webinar to find out everything you need to get started with rooftop solar and batteries.
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AGEING WELL SEMINAR:
SCAMS & FINANCIAL SECURITY
WED 1 MAY

10:00AM-12:00PM
DOUGHERTY COMMUNITY CENTRE, CHATSWOOD
Learn to identify scams, what to do if targeted, and counselling services that can help
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WHAT'S ON IN NORTH SYDNEY

SUN 7 APR

REPAIR CAFE

WHERE:
180 Longueville Rd Lane Cove
WHEN:
2:00PM-4:00PM

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WED 10 APR

DROP-IN HELPDESK: SERVICES NSW AND MYGOV

WHERE:
Stanton Library, North Sydney
WHEN:
10:00AM-12:00PM

THU 11 APR

SEIZE THE DECADE: HOW WE CAN CUT POLLUTION BY 75% BY 2030

WHERE:
Online
WHEN:
6:00PM

REGISTER

COME WORK WITH KYLEA!

As we move into the final 18 months of this 47th Parliament, Kylea is looking for a Community Organiser/Campaign Manager to both prepare for, and subsequently manage, the next election campaign.

The successful applicant will be driven by the desire to not only deliver real change for the North Sydney community but will believe in the power of community-centred politics to drive long term, sustainable and positive change right across our country.

Application close on 22 April. See here for more details about what's required and how to apply.

IN THE NEWS

Kylea Tink welcomes new funding for St Leonards TAFE - North Sydney Sun, 4 April. Media coverage of the Federal Government's new $3.2 million investment in cutting-edge LED Volume technology at TAFE NSW St Leonards, which Kylea says further enhances its position as a Centre of Excellence for Media Studies in Australia.

Teals warn Labor has ‘dropped the ball’ on small business - Australian Financial Review, 4 April. "I don’t think there are enough people like all of you in government," Kylea has said to small business leaders at a COSBOA summit. "They are not the people with the experience in that place that know what it’s like to try and open doors ... who know what it’s like when your container is stuck in the docks."

Independent MPs blast Labor, Coalition on small business policies - Smart Company, 4 April. Media coverage of a COSBOA panel discussion, where Kylea spoke about how she worked with government to improve the recent ‘same job, same pay’ legislation.

Support growing for changes to new super tax bill - SMSF Adviser, 3 April. There is growing support from the crossbench for the government to rethink its plans to tax unrealised gains in the proposed $3 million super tax, SMSFAdviser reports. Kylea has criticised the proposed taxation of unrealised gains as a “moment-in-time cash grab” that would introduce an unprecedented treatment of assets in Australia.

IPSC confidentiality agreements a risk to accountability and transparency - Sydney Morning Herald, 2 April. Plans to make Independent Parliamentary Standards Commission complainants sign confidentiality agreements could weaken transparency and accountability, Kylea has warned.

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