Newsletters 2024

Week 83: Paid Parental Leave and other progress that's been Powered by People

Kylea celebrating Mardi Gras with Zali Steggall MP and members of the North Sydney and Warringah communities.

You may have seen me in the news or out in public this week talking about fuel emissions standards, and addressing the misinformation being spread by those with vested interests in fossil fuel cars. No, standards will not make cars more expensive. Yes, you will still be able to buy a 4WD. Sometimes, advocacy feels a bit like shouting into the void. But trust me: we are making a difference.

We've had a few wins this week on the gender equality and climate fronts. Our community has been pushing hard for superannuation to be added to Paid Parental Leave for some time, so it was great to see the Government finally committing to do so next year. Women in Australia currently retire with 25 per cent less in superannuation than men. This policy will go some way towards addressing the gap, and is absolutely a step in the right direction when it comes to supporting working women.

I was also pleased to see the Federal Court put the brakes on Santos' Narrabri gas project, ruling that the project needs to consider public interest in relation to climate change. When I visited the Liverpool Plains last year, it was clear that farmers and traditional owners were concerned about the impacts of fossil fuel projects on their land, and frustrated that they weren't being heard. I congratulate the Gomeroi people on this week's Federal Court ruling, which is a win not only for their community but also for our climate.

Meanwhile, in North Sydney, it was a pleasure to be out and about celebrating International Women's Day and Mardi Gras.

On Saturday, our community marched with residents of Warringah and Wentworth on the 'Independents for Inclusion' Mardi Gras float. True to our theme, 'Powered by People', the night truly was a community effort. Thank you to the amazing Ed Yan for pulling it all together, the talented Helen Benham for her choreography and rehearsals, my dedicated Electorate Office staff, and all who marched with us — both in person and virtually — in support of LGBTQI+ pride and inclusion.

On Wednesday, I hosted an International Women's Day breakfast, with almost 200 North Sydneysiders coming together to hear from the inspirational Catherine Fox, Michelle Lim, Melanie Fernandez and Sophie Scott, and discuss persistent inequities in pay, domestic duties and retirement savings.

We do not have a gender-equal Australia — last week's WGEA pay gap data and the Government's own Status of Women Report Card make that abundantly clear. But we can and must do better. I'm looking forward to engaging further with the Government on its newly released National Strategy for Gender Equality, and ensuring that it truly delivers the change we want to see.

- KT

 
Multicultural Concert for Harmony Week 2024

✈️ HAVE YOUR SAY ON AIRCRAFT NOISE ✈️

Thank you to the residents who have brought the issue of increased aircraft noise over Hunters Hill and Boronia Park to my attention. With the help of former Aviation Community Advocate Tony Williams, I have raised the issue with the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF), which has found that these flight paths were recently overused.

Sydney Airports are now on notice, and will be moving flight path mode sharing back to the long term average. I will be watching the figures over the coming months to ensure this does actually occur.

In addition, my office has raised the broader issue of aircraft noise on health and well-being with the forum, and requested that SACF chair Sally Sitou MP raise this issue with the Minister for Infrastructure. There is a current Senate Inquiry into the Impact and Mitigation of aircraft noise. If you would like to make a submission you can do so here until April 5.

WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK

COMMUNITY FILM SCREENING:
'FIGHTING FOR A GREEN FUTURE'
WED 13 MAR
FROM 6.45PM
GLENAEON PRIMARY SCHOOL, CASTLECRAG
DETAILS
SEMINAR: CAREER IN THE POLICE FORCE FOR MULTICULTURAL WOMEN
THU 14 MAR
10:30AM-11:30AM
STANTON LIBRARY, NORTH SYDNEY
REGISTER
WORLD POETRY DAY WITH FRIENDS OF THE ABC
THU 14 MAR
11:45AM-1:00PM
ROSEVILLE UNITING CHURCH
DETAILS
NORTH SHORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
GENERAL MEETING
THU 14 MAR
6:00PM-7:30PM
STANTON LIBRARY, NORTH SYDNEY
DETAILS

IN THE NEWS

'Fuel efficiency is a cost-of-living measure': Kylea Tink - Speech, 7 March. Kylea has delivered a keynote speech at the Smart Energy 2024 Conference and Expo about the proposed New Vehicle Emission Standards and how a more participatory, transparent and collaborative parliament can deliver progress.

Independents celebrate inclusion at Mardi Gras - North Side Living, 7 March. Media coverage of the 'Independents for Inclusion' Mardi Gras float, which was a community effort with the theme 'Powered by People'.

Women in Our Economy - In the Cove, 6 March. Local media coverage of Kylea's International Women's Day breakfast, which was attended by over 190 guests, including North Sydney Mayor Zoe Baker, leaders of Women & Children First, the Centre for Women’s Economic Safety and several North Shore schools.

Trailblazing North Shore MPs - North Shore Living, 1 March. Kylea is profiled in a feature article about the challenges and achievements of women in politics. Read the article on Page 43.

'How many more women need to die?' - North Shore Living, 1 March. Media coverage of a crossbench motion calling on the Government to address the domestic violence crisis in Australia. Kylea is calling for the expansion of proven programs like Staying Home Leaving Violence. Read the article on Page 7.

Kylea Tink calling for better fuel efficiency standards - Sky News, 1 March. Kylea explains how better fuel efficiency standards can help relieve cost of living pressures. “More fuel-efficient vehicles cost less to run ... What’s really important is actually looking beyond the party politicking to go, ‘What is really on offer here, how is this going to help me tomorrow?'"

More media mentions here.

 

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