Kylea shares her week
Week 8: Raising the Standards at Parliament House
Before the election, I publicly argued for a binding Code of Conduct to address bad behaviour within Parliament House. I am pleased to have now been appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Standards. I look forward to working with my colleagues over the coming months to develop this much-needed code.
As the Jenkins Report highlighted last year, the toxic culture of bullying, harassment and misogyny within Parliament House is long overdue for reform. The reality is, if we can commit to speaking respectfully to each other and truly listening to other perspectives, we will achieve better outcomes for Australia as a whole.
We are already having better, more constructive conversations in Canberra as we saw with the passage of the Climate Change Bill 2022 last week. I remain optimistic that we, the 47th Parliament of Australia, have what it takes to deliver genuine cultural change.
Meanwhile, in North Sydney, our Electorate Office team has been hard at work, handling up to 200 cases a week. Thank you to all who have written in to share your thoughts on issues including the Restoring Territory Rights Bill; a First Nations Voice to Parliament; refugee detention; and your ideas on how we as a country can take stronger action on climate change.
We’re glad to have been able to help constituents with passport and visa delays, NDIS and other issues. Unfortunately, the Australian Passport Office is still working through a backlog of applications, and many North Sydneysiders have been affected by lengthy and stressful delays. Please know that my team is here to help. You can reach us by phone, email, or by popping into our office in the North Sydney CBD.
As always, I am proud to represent such a passionate and compassionate electorate. I look forward to continuing to work with you and for you towards the progress our community wants to see.
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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.
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