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Week 97: Social cohesion, and a new low for climate politics

Kylea at the "Together for Humanity" social cohesion workshop.

By their very nature the strongest communities are the ones that value the differences that each of their members bring. But the irony is, human nature tends to encourage us to stay close to people like ourselves. As an incredibly diverse community then, here in North Sydney we are at times challenged by rising tensions both here and overseas, economic difficulties, or other issues that can seem to widen the differences between us. We have certainly seen these factors at play across our community since 2022.

Last night then it was really wonderful to join a large group of diverse leaders from across the community for a workshop with an incredible organisation called Together For Humanity. Established by a group of compassionate individuals, Together for Humanity is a not-for-profit that primarily exists to foster interfaith and intercultural understanding. In doing so their work brings communities together.

With representatives from religious, cultural, school and community service groups present, we were able to discuss the impact of racism, and strategies for fostering a sense of belonging. I am extremely grateful to not only Together for Humanity for coming to do the work with us but to everyone of the people who showed up to be a part of the conversation. I thought it was a really powerful night.

Climate action was another major theme of the week, after Peter Dutton revealed the Coalition's plan to scrap Australia's 2030 emissions reduction target if his LNP wins the next election. As I said on ABC News yesterday morning, the irony here is that the party that has always prided itself on being “better for business” has just announced a policy position that would not only stall all of the economic gains we have begun to make by transitioning to a renewable green economy but also condemn Australians to an ongoing cost of living crisis.

To be clear this is a bad call – bad politics driving bad policy. It’s bad for business who have been widely quoted as condemning it; it’s bad for consumers as it means we remain tied to increasing fossil fuel, insurance, food and security costs; and it is bad for future generations as they will ultimately be the ones facing increasing economic and environmental uncertainty.

Given this, I’ll continue to fight alongside you to see our country step into a forward facing economy which capitalises on the global push for the green industry solutions, investment and the jobs that are needed for us to become a renewable energy superpower in the months and years ahead.

On the local front, after several months of digging into the issue of increased air traffic over the Hunters Hill area, I have now requested that the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF) undertake a formal investigation into Airservices Australia’s management of aircraft noise.

This review was agreed to and accepted this week by Airservices who will now form a working group with community representatives to report on the issue. It will investigate Airservices' implementation of the long term operating plan, possible improvements and why there has been such a prolonged deviation from the plan that has so negatively affected our community.

It was great to see many of you on Zoom on Wednesday evening for a quick update on the most recent two parliamentary sitting weeks. In case you missed it, you can watch a recording here.

The Australian Electoral Commission will be releasing its new NSW federal electoral boundaries this afternoon. My team and I will update you as soon as practical, if North Sydney is affected. Thank you as always for the opportunity to work with you towards the progress we as a community want to see.

- KT

 

COME AND MEET KYLEA

PEOPLE POWERED POLITICS CONVENTION

FRI 21 - SAT 22 JUNE
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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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SAVE THE DATE FOR KT NEXTGEN!

SUN 28 JULY
2:00PM-5:00PM

We'll be inviting young North Sydneysiders to an exciting event to celebrate our hope for a safer climate. Stay tuned for details!

WHAT'S ON IN NORTH SYDNEY

SAT 15 JUN

ROTARY CROWS NEST MARKET

WHERE:
2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest

WHEN:
9:00AM-4:00PM

SUN 16 JUN

WILLOUGHBY COUNCIL FAMILY BUSHWALK

WHERE:
Small St, Willoughby

WHEN:
10:00AM-12:30PM

MON 17 JUN

AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS EMERGENCYREDI™ WORKSHOP

WHERE:
Willoughby Park Centre

WHEN:
10:00AM-11:30AM

MY FIRST SPEECH COMPETITION FOR YEARS 10-12

The My First Speech competition asks students in years 10, 11 and 12 to imagine themselves as a newly elected Member of the House of Representatives.

The task is to write and present a 90 second first speech highlighting issues they are passionate about. The winning entrant from each year group will be flown to Canberra with a parent or guardian to present their speeches live and undertake a program of meetings at Parliament House.

Entries close on Saturday 27 July 2024. Submit yours here!

IN THE NEWS

Nationals leader reveals nuclear power plants to be built in National Party seats - The Nightly, 12 June. While Peter Dutton has told the media that winning back the teal seats is possible with his energy policy, Kylea says the Liberal Party clearly isn’t listening. “Rather than take on board the feedback voters gave them in 2022, they’re basically saying they don’t care and they don’t want to listen,” she says.

Dutton's climate policy to be 'the extinction of the opposition' - SBS World News, 12 June. Kylea says opposition leader Peter Dutton's proposal to dump Australia's climate targets is "the extinction of the opposition ... not the extinction of our planet, because Australians have had enough of this sort of climate denialism". Watch from the 22-minute mark.

Confused Coalition stance on 2030 emissions target risks ‘chasing away’ investment - The Guardian, 11 June. Kylea says the Coalition's stance on Australia's 2030 emissions target risks taking Australia backward. "The climate wars must be put to bed," she says. "If the Liberal and National parties do not wish to be part of that future, it is their own extinction they are guaranteeing."

MP Kylea Tink promotes social cohesion - North Sydney Sun, 11 June. Kylea is set to host a workshop to combat racism within the North Sydney community as the country’s social cohesion hits a record low. "We want everyone in our community to feel a sense of belonging, making North Sydney a place where our diverse community can thrive," she says.

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