Non-Profit Bodies (Freedom to Advocate) Bill 2015

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [10.36 a.m.]: I support the Non-profit Bodies (Freedom to Advocate) Bill 2015. The object of this bill is to prohibit State agreements from restricting or preventing non-profit bodies from commenting on, advocating support for or proposing changes to State laws, policy or practice. The origins of the bill lie in the democratic principle and in the principles of good governance in this State and nationally. No-one would question that non-profit organisations are fundamental to our democratic society; they have been for hundreds of years. In this country and internationally non-profit organisations are relied on to look after the interests of those in need. Time and again, non-profit organisations bring issues that need to be acted upon to the attention of our State and Federal governments. The freedom in which we believe as Australian citizens will be undermined if the advocacy of these organisations is impacted upon or stopped. In fact, the freedom to advocate is part of the package of what it means to live in a democratic society.

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Holroyd Rotary Club

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [1.17 p.m.]: I draw to the attention of the House and congratulate the Rotary Club of Holroyd, which is one of the great community organisations in the electorate of Prospect. On 20 June the club held its changeover ceremony when former president Jerry Duma retired and new president John Heslop took over. The ceremony included presentation of a number of Paul Harris Fellow awards. I congratulate Maria Feil, John Melbourne, Helen Whitford and Frank Williams. I also congratulate Rod O'Donoghue and Rob Feil on presentation of their fifth and third Sapphire Pins respectively. Club members should be congratulated on their outstanding support of Rotary ideas and for service above self that they have demonstrated during the Rotary year. The club made a donation of $10,000 to support Holroyd Community Aid. Special mention should be made of the community chest and Christmas trove raffles, which have enabled some 40 community organisations to raise more than $158,000 and funding of $6,000 for Rotary. I congratulate the Rotary Club of Holroyd.

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Prospect Electorate Community Organisations

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [7.31 p.m.]: Today I inform the House about some of the wonderful community organisations that are such an important and valued part of the community in the Prospect electorate. 

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Italian Republic Day

Wednesday, 03 June 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [6.01 p.m.]: On Saturday 31 May I attended the celebration of Italian Republic Day which was held at Club Marconi in Bossley Park. Our community is particularly enriched by the contribution that Italian Australians have made for more than half a century. They have brought an enormous amount of cultural experience to our community that could not have come from anywhere else. I thank and congratulate the organisers of the event, the Italian-Australian community and the board of Club Marconi for their contribution to our community in Prospect. I wish them the best for many years to come. Viva Italia! Viva Australia!

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Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

Tuesday, 02 June 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [5.40 p.m.]: Today I draw the attention of the House to Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day on 18 May. This is a day of mourning for the Tamil community both in Australia and overseas. The community held a large memorial function at Bowman Hall on Campbell Street in Blacktown on 18 May to remember the thousands of people who were killed during the civil war. Tamils the world over recognise and remember May 18 as a day for remembrance of genocide, especially in memory of the thousands of Tamils killed during May 2009.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [5.34 p.m.]: I oppose the Electricity Network Assets (Authorised Transactions) Bill 2015 and the Electricity Retained Interest Corporations Bill 2015. Every few years Labor and the Liberals decide to privatise the electricity industry. It is amazing. I remember having these debates, but not in Parliament. In the 1990s electricity privatisation was opposed time and time again not only by the unions, as has already been said, but also by the people of New South Wales. Bob Carr, Michael Egan and Morris Iemma did not get to do it, but now the Liberals and other Coalition members want to do it.

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Chaldean Australian Society

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [1.41 p.m.], by leave: It was my pleasure to host the Chaldean Australian Society on 8 May 2015, and then to be hosted by the society on 20 May this year. Since 1993 the Chaldean Australian Society has supported the settlement of Chaldeans into Australian society and has a community-based, not-for-profit organisation to serve the Chaldean community in New South Wales. 

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Inaugural Speech

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [12.54 p.m.] (Inaugural Speech): Thank you, Mr Deputy-Speaker. First, I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, their ancestors past and present, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land that now forms the electorate of Prospect. They are: the Toogagal people, the Boo-bain-ora people, the Bidgigal people, all peoples of the Eora nation, also the Cabrogal people of the Darug nation. Especially, I want to recognise and pay my respects to perhaps the greatest leader of the Eora nation, Pemulwuy. I hope that one day we will be able to honour him with the respect he deserves and return his remains to the land he loved in the seat of Prospect.

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