Kylea shares her week

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.

The Respect@Work Bill came back into Parliament House on Monday. This is an important piece of legislation that will put the onus on employers to provide a safe working environment that protects workers from sexual harassment and assault.

I found the proposed bill to be a good-faith implementation of the Jenkins Respect@Work report, and will be watching closely to ensure that funding and cost models are appropriate, and that language used in the Bill affords equal protections to all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, relationship status or other attributes. You can watch a recording of my comments on the Bill here.

I also had the opportunity to raise concerns over how the "Secure Jobs, Better Pay" package of IR reforms is being rushed through Parliament. While the Bill will bring about some important and necessary reforms, this rushed process has left many in North Sydney with significant concerns as to what these changes will mean for them, their businesses and their jobs.

In particular, North Sydney is home to hundreds of small, residential builders whose owners worry that they will not be appropriately represented when the proposed reforms replace the Australian Building and Construction Commission with a National Construction Industry Forum.

That's why on Thursday, I proposed amendments to ensure the forum has a member with small business experience in the residential building sector, and to require greater transparency from the forum by requiring meeting notes to be publicly released. This amendment was one of the few that both the Government and the Opposition supported and so it has gone through as part of the legislation now being reviewed by the Senate. This is a big win for our community.

Also this week, I had the opportunity to speak about the devastating loss of hundreds of mature trees from our local area, and question the Government's decision to spend $120 million on an unnecessary bricks-and-mortar project to move SBS from Artarmon to Western Sydney.

I met with some of the ABC's biggest stars to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and stood in solidarity with the Our Islands, Our Home campaign that is calling on the Australian Government to take urgent action on the climate crisis to help protect our Torres Strait Islander communities.

When we first embarked on this journey to change the climate in Canberra, I promised to be your voice in Federal Parliament — someone who would advocate loud and clear for our community's concerns and ambitions at a federal level. Let's keep pushing, North Sydney, for the changes we want to see. Keep your feedback coming!
— KT

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