Kylea shares her week

Week 12: Getting on with the climate work ahead

With the Climate Change Bill now set to become law, I've been working hard to hold the Government to its targets and ensure we're on track for future improvements.

Electric vehicles will play a major role in reducing Australian transport emissions and I was glad to contribute to this week's parliamentary debate about the Electric Car Discount Bill. The proposed bill aims to boost EV uptake by removing Fringe Benefits Tax from eligible vehicles.

While I support the intention of the Bill, I believe it can be improved. In particular, I believe we need to very quickly build a high-quality secondhand EV market in Australia, and ensure benefits are available more equitably.

I have argued for the Bill to include a wider range of high-quality secondhand cars and imported secondhand EVs. The reality is, there is a sizeable stock of low-mileage second-hand EVs in countries like Japan and the UK. By tapping into these markets, we could significantly accelerate the supply of lower-priced EVs for Australian consumers.

While my proposed amendment was not successful this week, I will continue to work with the Government and my parliamentary colleagues to get this legislation right.

Something as seemingly simple as an EV policy can deliver on many fronts, from saving motorists money on fuel and cars, increasing the scope of consumer choice, reducing our reliance on imported foreign oil, improving health outcomes by reducing pollution and, importantly, reducing transport emissions.

Also this week I used North Sydney's voice to speak in the Federation Chamber, ahead of National Threatened Species Day, about the devastating impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

I asked the Minister for Infrastructure about how we will ensure federally funded major infrastructure projects are consistent with the Government's emissions reduction goals.

And I met with DFAT's Green Economy Team and the High Commissioner of Singapore, where Australia's Sun Cable is building the world's first intercontinental power grid.

Following news of the Queen's passing overnight, Parliament has been suspended. I'll remain in Canberra for the wreath laying tomorrow and will return to North Sydney next week.

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week 23: Cutting vehicle emissions with our new Private Members Bill

Earlier this year, in the months before the election, I promised to develop and introduce a Private Member's Bill that would deliver better, cleaner fuel to Australians and reduce pollution from our cars. That Bill was tabled in Parliament this week.

North Sydney's Reducing Vehicle Pollution Bill will bring Australian fuel quality in line with European standards, reducing the levels of sulphur and aromatics that they can contain. 

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Week 22: The National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill Passes the House

With just one sitting week remaining for Parliament in 2022, the past week in Canberra has definitely been full of robust debate, constructive discussion and ultimately some landmark legislative developments.

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Week 21: What we're doing to strengthen the Anti-Corruption Bill

Our democracy will only ever be as strong as our willingness as citizens to actively contribute to any debate, and just on six months into this role, the capacity for me to truly listen to the many voices of North Sydney as they discuss proposed or needed legislative reform at the national level is without a doubt the most rewarding thing I get to do on a daily basis.

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week 20: Speaking out for our community on climate change

It's been another big week in Canberra, where we've been involved in some important parliamentary discussions about workplace sexual harassment and Industrial Relations reforms.

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Week 19: Getting IR Reforms Right

This week, I've been looking at the Government's 'Secure Jobs, Better Pay' Bill, a package of Industrial Relations (IR) changes that was introduced in Parliament in Budget week.

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Week 18: What the Budget Means for North Sydney

This week, my team and I have been hard at work determining what the newly released Federal Budget means for North Sydney's priorities, and what needs to be done to ensure government initiatives actually deliver the changes that our community wants to see.

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