Newsletters 2024

Week 94: Two years of an independent North Sydney!

Kylea discussing the Federal Budget 2024-25 with Tim Buckley (Climate Energy Finance) and Melanie Fernandez (Chief Executive Women). The conversation was facilitated by Jo Taranto (Good for the Hood).

It's been a huge two years since North Sydney voted to turn our electorate Independent again. Since then, my team and I haven’t wasted a second in advocating for our shared concerns and ambitions, and helping to resolve nearly 8,000 calls for help from constituents.

Everything I have done as your representative has been powered by your feedback. With your input, I have spoken on over 130 separate issues and participated in 213 votes in Parliament, ensuring our community's views are reflected in decisions ranging from superannuation to the introduction of fuel efficiency standards, to advocacy for improvement in our social support services and reform of HECS.

Together, through deliberative democracy events, community working groups and community forums we have also workshopped and developed our own policies on everything from the housing availability and affordability crisis, access to early childhood education and care, youth mental health and ageing well in our community. Not to mention the tireless work of our extraordinary Powering to Net Zero volunteers, to help people navigate the transition to a greener, cleaner and cheaper energy future!

But our work is far from done.

In the coming weeks, my team and I will be will be heading back to Canberra where we will continue to fight for faster action on climate by ensuring fair and effective climate disclosure legislation is introduced. At the same time we will be adding our voice to discussions around reform of the RBA and NDIS. Outside of the normal business of the house I will also be progressing work with others on the crossbench in the areas of housing availability, women’s safety and social media and privacy law reforms. Watch this space for updates in those areas.

At the same time, I will continue to fight to improve the Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions Bill as, while our community agrees that superannuation should not be a vehicle for intergenerational wealth transfer, we are also keen to ensure the $3 million threshold is adjusted for inflation so we don't end up inadvertently impacting a much wider cohort of ordinary Australians in future, and that we aren't setting dangerous and unreasonable precedent by taxing unrealised capital gains.

Immigration has been a key topic of interest in our electorate this week, with the Federal Opposition releasing mixed messages about its plans to reduce absolute migration numbers. It’s a policy announcement that has grabbed headlines, as the Opposition has tied it to the debate about housing availability. At the same time, many are concerned about how such a policy would impact not only our workforce but also our number 1 service export business: education, which currently contributes $40 billion annually to our GDP.

Ultimately, as a community, we will need to come to our own position in this debate and I look forward to working through the facts needed to make an informed decision, and to discussing the issue with you in more detail.
At the end of the day, while I may have my own opinions, I appreciate that as your Independent representative in Canberra, it’s my job to make sure our community’s position is taken back to our federal government so thank you in advance for assisting me in clarifying our thinking. Please do get in touch if you are able to share your opinions and expertise with my team.

Finally, thank you for working with me over the past two years; for so generously sharing your stories; for responding to our countless calls for comment; and for engaging with me through my steady stream of communication. Here's to being the change we want to see.

- KT

P.S. A big thank you to everyone who came to our post-Budget community discussion on Tuesday. For those who missed out, you can watch a recording of the event here.
 

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KEEPING IT REAL: ACCOUNTABILITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

FRI 7 JUNE
1:45PM-3:00PM
HYATT REGENCY SYDNEY

Kylea will be speaking on a panel at the Free and Equal conference about Australia's human rights framework, and how more is needed for parliament and law enforcement to be able to meet our international obligations.

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PEOPLE POWERED POLITICS CONVENTION

FRI 21 - SAT 22 JUNE
ONLINE

Join Kylea and her fellow crossbenchers to discuss what it means to be an independent parliamentarian, and how communities like ours are strengthening democracy in Australia.

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1 MILLION WOMEN: FESTIVAL OF SOLUTIONS

SAT 29 JUNE
10:00AM-12:30PM
CARRIAGEWORKS, EVERLEIGH

Join Kylea in celebrating women from the front line of climate change, world leaders, performance artists and others working towards a life that’s lighter on the planet.

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WHAT'S ON IN NORTH SYDNEY

24-26 MAY

HUNTERS HILL VINTAGE HOMEWARES FAIR

WHERE:
Hunters Hill Town Hall

SUN 26 MAY

COMMUNITY OPEN DAY AT CROWS NEST STATION

WHERE:
511 – 515 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest

WHEN:
9:00AM-2:15PM

TUE 4 JUN

HIGHWAY TO HELL: CLIMATE CHANGE AND AUSTRALIA'S FUTURE

WHERE:
49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

WHEN:
6:00PM

DO YOU HAVE ROOFTOP SOLAR?

We’d like to invite you to display a “Solar Power in Use” sticker on your letterbox or fence. The letterbox sticker promotes solar 24/7 to everyone who sees it, which has been proven to encourage others to get on renewables too!

Contact our office to get your sticker and some resources from the wonderful team at Zero Emissions Solutions to help you talk to friends, family, and neighbours about the benefits of solar.

IN THE NEWS

Cost of living relief - The Weekly Times, 22 May. Kylea shares her thoughts on measures introduced in the Federal Budget 2024-25, including the $300 energy rebate for every household, which will cost taxpayers a total of $3.5 billion.

Kylea Tink proposes superannuation reform amendment - 2CR, 24 May. Australian-Chinese media coverage of Kylea's amendments to the Government's Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions legislation.

A smoother bus ride is on the way to one of Sydney’s busiest CBDs - Sydney Morning Herald, 23 May. The Federal Government is investing in a $115 million depot for electric buses in Macquarie Park, as well as upgrading bus depots in Willoughby and North Sydney to handle electric buses by 2028.

Super pain as ALP faces another franking credits disaster - The Australian, 24 May. Media coverage of the Better Targeted Superannuation Concessions Bill. Kylea is seeking to amend this bill to allow for indexation of the $3 million concession threshold, and to address the unprecedented taxation of unrealised capital gains.

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