Kylea shares her week
Week 21: the Parliament of Australia sits for what could be the last time under its current leadership
As the Parliament of Australia sits for what could be the last time under its current leadership, many of us have wondered at the political agenda driving the discussions there. National priorities like corruption in federal politics have taken a backseat as the government argues over sex and religion. I’ve watched with equal parts frustration and admiration for Independents like Rebekha Sharkie, Zali Steggall, Helen Haines and Andrew Wilkie who have continued to bring sensibility into a political arena that is so clearly splintered across inflexible party lines.
Meanwhile, in what has been another intense but incredible week for me, I’ve had the opportunity to sit and listen to people with deep expertise in topics that really matter to our community – issues like health, climate action, women in the workforce, asylum seekers, the pandemic’s impact on businesses, cultural inclusivity, and of course the issue of integrity and accountability in politics.
On Thursday, we had our first “Community Conversations with Kylea Tink” event, where I invited experts from the Refugee Council of Australia, the Department of Immigration (former deputy secretary Abul Rizvi), and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law to speak with our community about our ambition to do better for people seeking asylum in our country. And on Wednesday we had our first “Meet the Candidate” event in Hunters Hill, where I enjoyed answering questions from the community and hearing more about the passions and priorities of individuals and businesses here.
Not surprisingly then I’m literally left buzzing from all that I see and hear and continue to be excited by this opportunity we are pursuing – to have our North Sydney community truly heard at the highest levels of government. Let’s be the change we want to see.
Recent blog posts
December 02, 2022
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.
November 25, 2022
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.
November 18, 2022
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.
November 11, 2022
November 04, 2022
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.
October 28, 2022
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.
Kylea's newsletter hits the inboxes of people right across our electorate of North Sydney. Stay up to date with Kylea's plans and progress as she tells us about her week speaking with people in our community. We'll also highlight the latest community events and initiatives to get involved with.