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Week 79: North Sydney's Federal Budget wishlist, and a call for unity in difficult times

Kylea at Lunar New Year celebrations in Willoughby.

After a week of debating some big issues in Canberra, I think it's safe to say that the new year of parliamentary sittings is well under way.

Earlier in the week, I wrote to Treasurer Jim Chalmers, asking him to allocate funding in the 2024-25 Federal Budget to our community's priorities. Based on the many conversations that my team and I have had with local councils, community groups, organisations and residents, I have asked for federal funding for the maintenance and improvement of local reserves and vantage points; investment in local research institutes and performing arts venues; and development of much-needed sporting facilities to meet demand as our population grows.

I have also made the case for the government to fund organisations that provide help to those who need it, including women and children impacted by domestic violence (via Mary’s House and the Staying Home Leaving Violence Program), and young people right across North Sydney (via youth mentoring organisation Streetwork). And I called for investments in reducing both carbon emissions and household costs, such as clean energy incentives and the introduction of Fuel Efficiency Standards. You can read North Sydney's pre-budget submission in full here.

The Stage 3 Tax Cuts continue to be a key focus in Canberra and on Wednesday, I once again raised the need for holistic reform, including potential alternatives to personal income tax. Australia's over-reliance on income tax hampers productivity and is unsustainable as the population ages. It's time for us to challenge the status quo and pursue better outcomes for all Australian people by winding back fossil fuel subsidies, taxing windfall gas profits and ensuring big businesses are paying their fair share.

Many in our community have expressed concern for animals on the MV Bahijah, a live export ship that has been stranded at sea for the past month with 15,000 sheep and cattle on board. Based on your feedback, I supported a motion by Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie MP, to bring the animals onshore into quarantine and commit to a timeline to ending live exports. We can and must act to reduce animal suffering now, while also ensuring that this doesn't happen again.

Whilst in Canberra I also had a number of important discussions about the ongoing conflict in the Gaza, including with the PM, the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In each instance the conversations not only focused on the provision of humanitarian aid, but also on the welfare of those still being held hostage by Hamas, the innocent lives lost as a result of the conflict, and the urgent need to do all we can to offer protection to those under direct threat and advocate for peace.

The polarisation of views across our community is of huge concern to me and I am particularly worried about the increasing reports of racism in all its forms. While I will continue to push the Government to prioritise humanitarian outcomes in Gaza, I would ask everyone to please be mindful of the impact our words have on those around us. Spreading hate helps no one. Everyone — regardless of faith, racial background, sexuality or gender —deserves to feel safe and respected here in North Sydney.

I will be back at home in North Sydney this weekend and am looking forward to participating in Lunar New Year celebrations in Lane Cove this evening, and getting out and about this weekend. Happy Lunar New Year to all celebrating. May the year of the dragon bring joy and prosperity to you and your loved ones.

- KT

 
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EVENTS WITH KYLEA

IWD Breakfast

6 MARCH: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Join Kylea and an incredible panel of guest speakers from for an inspiring discussion about how we can accelerate progress toward a fairer, more gender-equitable world.

Breakfast kicks off at 7am Wednesday 6 March, at the Kirribilli Club. Tickets are available for purchase here, with all proceeds going towards event costs. Previous events have sold out so please book ASAP!

2 MARCH: MARDI GRAS PARADE

This year, Kylea will once again be marching on the Independents for Inclusion float, with the theme: ‘Powered by the People’.

We're inviting all North Sydney residents to join the float virtually by sending us a photo to be displayed on electronic screens on the night.

There's also ONE MORE SPOT available for a local resident to join Kylea on the float in person. Interested? Email [email protected].

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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

LUNAR NEW YEAR IN LANE COVE
FRI 9 FEB
3:30PM-6:00PM
LANE COVE PLAZA
DETAILS

STATE GOVERNMENT HOUSING REFORMS INFO EVENING
WED 14 FEB
6:00PM-8:00PM
THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE, NORTH SYDNEY
TICKETS

EVERYTHING ELECTRIC AUSTRALIA:
HOME ENERGY AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE SHOW
FRI 9 FEB - SUN 11 FEB
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
DETAILS

IN THE NEWS

North Sydney makes case for community and climate in 2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission - Media Release, 9 February. Kylea has called for the Federal Budget to include funding for North Sydney's bushland, cycleways, sports and arts facilities; investments in cutting-edge research; and support for vulnerable women and children in the community.

North Sydney under redistribution threat - North Sydney Living, February issue. "Even if there's not a seat to run for, I may still run in one of the others," Kylea is quoted as saying. "I don't want our community, myself or my team wasting any time worrying about it. There's too much work to do." Story on Page 6.

Pollution caps set to force car manufacturers to supply low emission alternatives - The Weekly Times, 4 February. Kylea has welcomed the Government's release of draft fuel efficiency standards, which are due to take effect next year and will impose a fleet-wide cap on average emissions.

North Sydney community leaders come together for International Women's Day 2024 - Media Release, 8 February. Unpaid labour, access to childcare, and mutual respect will be on the agenda at North Sydney’s Kirribilli Club next month as the community comes together to accelerate progress toward a fairer, more gender-equitable world.

Power to the People - North Sydney Living, February issue. Local media coverage of the North Sydney Community Housing Forum. Is it possible for a randomly-selected group of people to come up with solutions to complex social problems? Story on Page 11.

More media mentions here.

 

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