Current Issues list

Agricultural & Environmental

  • Urge all levels of Government to guarantee that Australia has sufficient long-term fuel reserves to support Australia’s continued economic growth and resilience.

  • It be mandatory for all seafood sold in restaurants and cafes in NSW and ACT to be identified by type and species as an Australian or an Imported Product and to raise public awareness of seafood origins.

  • It be mandatory for all pork products sold in restaurants and cafes in NSW and ACT to be identified as an Australian or an Imported Product and to raise public awareness of pork product origins.

  • Support and encourage all levels of Government to protect all trees that are known koala habitat.

  • To support in relation to the chemical group Per and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS):

    a) The implementation of all nine unanimous committee recommendations of the 2018 parliamentary “Inquiry into the management of PFAS contamination in and around defence bases”;

    b) That the State Government of NSW implement an inquiry into all sites in NSW where there is a significant likelihood of PFAS contamination; and

    c) The development of Standards by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) of acceptable levels of PFAS in foods available for consumption in Australia”.

  • Request the Federal, State and Territory Governments to actively educate and encourage the public to be aware of the risks posed to Nature Reserves, National Parks and Farmlands by the transfer of weeds and seeds via shoes, socks and other garments as well as vehicles.

  • Advocate to the relevant government entities to urgently strengthen the laws and policies regarding the entrance of African Swine Fever from all border points to ensure that the Australian Agriculture Industry remains uncompromised.

  • Advocate for the enforcement of the nil-tenure approach to biosecurity across all land in NSW, including National Parks and other publicly managed land, and that biosecurity obligations are well signed on these lands.

  • To call for an urgent investigation into the safety features of NSW and ACT firefighting vehicles.

  • Managers of all public lands to collaboratively review their hazard reduction management to ensure that fire risk is minimised to the utmost.

Health and Social Security

  • Request the relevant government agencies to increase their efforts in raising public awareness of the dangers of unflued gas heaters including a regular campaign in autumn and winter warning of the health implications associated with their use.

  • Support an investigation into the costs of follow up mammogram X Rays and ultrasound scans required by cancer patients.

  • Advocate for an increase in funding for public audiologists in rural, regional and remote NSW.

  • Lobby the NSW Government to allocate more funding for perinatal anxiety, depression and trauma support services across NSW with emphasis in rural regional and remote NSW.

  • Take a strong stance against domestic violence, and implore members of the NSW and Federal Parliament to recognise this issue as a national emergency requiring action.

  • To call for, and encourage all relevant governments to utilise existing research reports and relevant recommendations relating to protecting survivors of domestic violence:

    a) Implement the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission review of the family law system, Family Law for the Future 2019

    b) Adopt and implement best practice service principles, design and implementation of men’s behaviour change programs as defined by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

    c) Adopt and implement existing recognised best practice standards for services responding to domestic violence survivors.

  • Advocate for State and Federal Governments to introduce legislation to ensure that all public gathering places have AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) available.

  • No Australian citizen or permanent resident who has an approved disability be denied access to services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme due to their age.

  • Approach the relevant government departments to:

    i) Promote and improve the awareness in urban, rural and remote communities by educating adults, children and especially newcomers to the country, of the appropriate first aid treatment for snakebite in their region.

    ii) Encourage the continued funding of medical research into safer and more effective treatment of snakebite especially pertaining to the formulation and administering of anti-venom treatment”.

  • Advocate for the wide scale availability of antenatal and post-partum care models which prioritise continuity of care.

  • Advocate that the Government recognise Medicinal Cannabis and develop a co-ordinated action plan to facilitate research, education of Doctors, and the provision of an affordable reliable medium (free from impurities) accessible to those that are chronically and terminally ill.

  • Advocate that the Government recognise that Lyme Disease exists in NSW and develop a co-ordinated action plan to facilitate research, education, prevention, awareness and the provision of compassionate treatment and support.

Education

  • Each child who requires a speech pathologist in the public education system (preschool, primary school and high school) has the funding to access speech pathology services. These Speech Pathology services can either be provided by the Department of Education or via contracted services such as non-for-profit organisations or private practices.

Transport & Telecommunications

  • Advocate for an increase in the number of free places (or alternatively, reduced fees) for the Safer Drivers course for regional, rural and remote youth.

Miscellaneous

  • To support the streamlining of the ‘police check’ process for volunteering so that a volunteer is only required to obtain one police check when volunteering with more than one organisation, rather than the current process of potentially having to obtain a police check for each organisation.