Speeches

Associations Incorporation Amendment (Review) Bill 2016

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [10.34 a.m.]: I support the Opposition's position of not opposing the Associations Incorporation Amendment (Review) Bill 2016. Small associations are the backbone of our communities. They include clubs that provide an opportunity for our kids to play sport on weekends; clubs that offer support to elderly members of our community; clubs that create relationships among those who do not have the English language skills to confidently interact in their community; and clubs that run fundraisers, such as barbeques at Bunnings. These associations are not wealthy and are mostly run by volunteers. This bill aims to reform the rights and responsibilities of organisations that have annual gross receipts of less than $250,000 or less than $500,000 in assets. In New South Wales something like 93 per cent of associations fall within this financial category—a significant number.

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Anita Cobby 30th Memorial Charity Dinner

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [1.27 p.m.]: On Tuesday 2 February 2016, the Anita Cobby 30th Anniversary Memorial Charity Dinner was held at Blacktown Workers Club. The goal of the dinner was to raise funds towards building Grace's Place. Simon Bouda from Channel 9 and Kathryn Szyszka, Anita Cobby's sister, were guests of honour and speakers. A number of moving speeches were also made by members of the Homicide Victims Support Group. Money raised on the night will contribute to the project Grace's Place, which is a facility to be built and operated by the Homicide Victims Support Group to help those left behind after a murder, especially children. This is a world-first initiative for families affected by homicide.

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Centenary of ANZAC

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [4.48 p.m.]: In 2015 we commemorated the immortal day 100 years ago when young Australians at Gallipoli demonstrated to the world through their bravery, deeds and sacrifice that Australia was truly a nation. As part of the commemoration we must also remember the other Commonwealth forces that made massive sacrifices at Gallipoli as well as in other theatres of war in the First World War. They include forces from Britain and Ireland, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan as it is today, Malta and Assyria.

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Local Government

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [5.29 p.m.]: Only one thing is more ridiculous than this motion—that is the moustache on the face of the member for Hornsby.

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Prospect Electorate Cricket Clubs

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [1.16 p.m.]: Summer is a wonderful time in Western Sydney. For people in the seat of Prospect there is one great passion—cricket. Cricket brings the community together and it is a great example of multiculturalism. The growth of our local clubs is due to many new neighbours from the subcontinent—from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Special note should be made of Tamil refugees who play cricket in Prospect. The clubs Pacific Oceans XI, NSW Tamils and the Voice of Tamils have many players who escaped the civil war.

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Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [6.01 p.m.]: I support the Betting Tax Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. The Opposition is pleased to support the gradual reduction in betting tax from the New South Wales racing industry, which is very important to New South Wales and especially to Western Sydney. Many people are employed in the industry in places such as Rouse Hill in Western Sydney and further out in Windsor where horse trainers and others work. In addition, thousands of people enjoy the sport and support it daily through their TABs, clubs and other places. A reduction in the tax rate will greatly benefit the people of Western Sydney.

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Limitation Amendment (Child Abuse Civil Actions) Bill 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [10.48 a.m.]: I support the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Protection from Serious Offenders) Bill 2015. The emotional turmoil of pain, suffering and sadness that child abuse causes lasts for a lifetime. Victims bear scars that never completely heal. Even decades after their torment they struggle with mental illness, family dysfunction, abuse, circles of poverty, self-medication and unemployment. Child abuse is one of humanity's greatest crimes, one for which victims are rarely able to find justice. Unlike many other torts, the actions of perpetrators of child abuse, the identification of victims and resulting effects of child abuse are often not discovered for decades. The current limitation period of only three years is grossly insufficient.

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Tribute to Barry Walbancke

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [5.15 p.m.]: I congratulate Mr Barry Walbancke for being awarded at the Football NSW 2015 state dinner the Football NSW State award in recognition of his continued service to the Blacktown District Soccer Football Association and the Blacktown City Soccer Referees over the past 35 years. I particularly thank and congratulate Blacktown District Soccer Football Association, Granville and Districts Soccer Football Association and Southern Districts Football Association for their community work in the seat of Prospect and for their outstanding contribution to the sport of football in New South Wales.

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Rotary Clubs of NSW 2015 NSW Police Officer Awards

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [5.54 p.m.]: I bring to the attention of the House the Rotary Clubs of NSW 2015 NSW Police Officer Awards, which were held last week. It is worth noting that among senior and junior police officers who received awards or were nominated as finalists, a number of them were from local area commands [LACs] in the Prospect electorate. I congratulate the New South Wales Police Officer of the Year from the Field Operations Local Area Command, Detective Sergeant James Asimacopoulos from the Kings Cross Local Area Command, which is obviously outside Prospect. From the Fairfield Local Area Command Detective Sergeant Andrew Barnes was a finalist in the NSW Rotary Customer Service Excellence Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding service to the local community and his actions as listed in the awards:

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Home Building and Duties Amendment (Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Affected Premises) Bill 2015

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [10.26 a.m.]: I speak in support of the Home Building and Duties Amendment (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Affected Premises) Bill 2015. I note the comments made by the member for Monaro. Loose-fill asbestos has affected many people in his electorate. This legislation is a credit to him and to the Government. Asbestos-related issues are among the worst crimes to have been committed against the people of New South Wales. Very few people, if any, have gone to prison for it. Asbestos has affected thousands of people. There will be thousands more affected by asbestos-related diseases because of James Hardie, Mr Fluffy and others who sold their products knowing full well that they could injure people. The popularity of do-it-yourself renovations means that future generations may be affected by asbestos-related diseases. Thousands of victims are yet to find out that they are affected. It is terrible.

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