Kylea shares her week
Week 37: Two weeks as North Sydney's member-elect!
Two weeks post the election and to say this interim period has been a little surreal is probably an understatement. There is no doubt everyone’s adrenaline levels were running exceptionally high as we came into election night and to have a decision on the election outcome by 10pm that evening was truly exhilarating.
In the two weeks since then our focus has been spread across three main areas: i) wrapping up the physical campaign to be elected; ii) working out how we move forward as an engaged community-driven electoral office and iii) getting our heads around what is actually required to bring that electoral office to life.
While I have yet to be officially sworn in, we’ve have already been hard at work addressing questions from constituents and the media, and building relationships that will help us work towards the changes our community wants to see.
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend an incredible event at the University of NSW with Aunty Pat Andersen and Professor Megan Davis to mark five years since the Uluru Statement was presented to Parliament. It was an opportunity to gain even deeper understanding on how the Statement was developed and the extraordinary work around the Dialogues. The Uluru Statement is a real opportunity to unite our nation and I look forward to adding North Sydney’s parliamentary voice to the call for material and timely action.
At the same time I have been privileged to have meetings with various other organisations to be further briefed on immediate and pressing issues. Whether that was my conversation with Amnesty International about the Government’s commitment to remove Temporary Protection Visa’s from our system for asylum seekers, through to meeting with members of the Together We Can alliance to discuss our community’s ambition for faster climate action – at each point in time I am left with a feeling of optimism and hope that together we truly can be a force for positive change.
From a more administrative perspective, I had my first meeting with Ministerial & Parliamentary Services Officers yesterday which was both insightful and exciting. While the ultimate timeline for the declaration of the Poll is still a little uncertain we will continue to work toward realising some exciting plans to help keep the community involved and engaged in politics, and I can't wait to share them with you when the office is up and running.
Thank you for all your messages of congratulations and support and I am sorry if I have been slower than usual to respond to emails during this transitional period. I look forward to working with you as your representative in Federal Government.
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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.
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.
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.
week 20: Speaking out for our community on climate change
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.
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.
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.