With the passing of the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018, women seeking reproductive medical advice and treatment have finally gained some protection from harassment and shaming. Some of the arguments against the bill were reminiscent of scenes from The Handmaid's Tale, and the suggestion that women seeking treatment at a medical centre don't know their own minds is truly disturbing. Despite what its critics said, this bill is not about gagging free speech, or denying people's right to protest. It is about a safe access zone for women looking after their health. The protection they receive from this bill is necessary and to be welcomed.
See my speech in support of the bill here.
The science tells us repeatedly that shark spotting with drone technology on patrolled surfing beaches reduces the risk of shark encounters. I recently met with Action for Dolphins advocacy director Jordan Sosnowski, and we resolved to continue working with Sea Shepherd and No Shark Cull to fund Shark Watch for the coming summer season - something the government has refused to do.
Say no to shark nets here.
This week I spoke out in Parliament against the Nationals and Liberals' appalling roll back of environmental protections for native forests in NSW and for giving the green light for massive clearing of native forest on private land under the Forestry Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.
I asked the Environment Minister in Question Time what is being done to protect the endangered ecological community of coastal cypress pines estimated to be up to 400 years old and located on Crown land in the Terrace Caravan Park at Brunswick Heads.
Will she ensure that this precious stand of trees is protected into the future?
Ballina Shire Advocate Wednesday June 6, 2018 ballinaadvocate.com.au
Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith hosted a forum for service providers to discuss what services are available for people with a disability in Ballina.
Greens Member for Ballina, Tamara Smith, has won an assurance from the NSW government that the Mullumbimby community will be consulted on any proposed sale of public land along the rail corridor that runs through the town.
Tamara Smith MP today introduced a bill to the NSW Parliament which would ensure electricity suppliers pay householders and businesses a minimum price for the solar or wind power they generate and contribute to the grid.