1 June 2022
THANK YOU WARRINGAH!
I am honoured and humbled that you have re-elected me to serve as your representative in the 47th Federal Parliament, and I am committed to continuing the good fight and making sure your concerns are on the National agenda, particularly climate, integrity and gender equity, which you have told me are your priorities.
The election result was another win for community, building on our success at the 2019 Federal Election, which this year inspired communities across the Country, with the election of seven new Independents. In fact, we now have the biggest crossbench since World War II.
I want to congratulate my fellow returning crossbenchers, in particular Helen Haines MP (Indi) and Rebekha Sharkie MP (Mayo), and the newly elected Independent MPs, including Dr Sophie Scamps (Mackellar), Allegra Spender (Wentworth), Kylea Tink (North Sydney), Dr Monique Ryan (Kooyong), Zoe Daniel (Goldstein), Kate Chaney (Curtin) and Dai Le (Fowler).
I look forward to supporting one another and working with such experienced and dedicated professionals as we serve our communities. I am hopeful that our combined success heralds a new era of politics.
As I said on election night, we want a Parliament that is respectful, that debates the ideas and looks to the future, plus puts in place policies that will help our kids and our grandkids, and looks to future generations.
While Parliament has been reduced to a fairly unedifying spectacle in recent years, reform of the way Parliament operates, to ensure fair process and respectful debate, has been a hot topic of conversation in recent days. You might have seen my opinion piece on the subject published in The Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday, May 31.
I like to think that by reforming Parliament we can improve our democracy, start to rebuild trust and respect for Government and our Parliament, and restore order and a semblance of dignity to proceedings.
Speaking of heralding new eras, in this case for Australia’s relationship with First Nations Peoples, I was very pleased to hear Prime Minister Albanese commit to implementing the Uluru Statement of the Heart in full in his election victory speech – something I strongly support.
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians cannot wait any longer. We need an enshrined voice to Parliament to give Indigenous people the right to oversee the use of the race power created in the 1967 referendum. We also need a Makarrata Commission to oversee a process of truth telling about the history of what has occurred over the last 234 years.
More immediately, this week is National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June), and this year the theme is: Be Brave. Make Change. It’s a great motto and one that I fully support and live by every day. I encourage everyone in Warringah to think about how they can help tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians.
You can find out about what you can do to support reconciliation here and you can learn about a number of events taking place in support of reconciliation here.
At the same time, the Gai-mariagal festival, which celebrates First Nation Peoples culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region, is also underway. You can find out more here and below.
Finally, a reminder that as always, my team is here to help with NDIS concerns, Aged Care packages, Immigration issues and other assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need help in these areas at [email protected]
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Again, thank you for the honour of serving Warringah. I look forward to continuing to be a strong and independent voice for our community in the 47th Parliament.
Join me in supporting these upcoming Community Events across Warringah…
26 May – 10 July
Celebrating First Nation Peoples culture and heritage in the Northern Sydney region. The 6-week festival occurs each year from Sorry Day on 26 May through to the end of NAIDOC Week in mid-July. The theme for the 2022 festival is Nalawala Ngara, which means ‘sit down and listen’. It invites us to commemorate and celebrate together, converse and walk side by side towards reviewing and renewing our future together.
Ukraine Crisis Appeal
4 June, 7.30pm
This Saturday June 4th at 7.30pm, Club Belrose are hosting a wonderful evening of Ukranian Talent to raise funds for the Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Tickets are $30 with all proceeds going to the appeal, they are available through calling 8411 3575 or 0404 146 143 or emailing [email protected]
Mosman Youth Art Prize - until Sunday, 12 June
Mosman Art Gallery, 1 Art Gallery Way Mosman
Daily 10am - 4pm
Featuring the diverse talents of young artists aged between 12 – 21 in a variety of media
Mini-Mos Community Fun Run & Fair
Sunday, 19 June
2km, 5km, 10km events
Raising funds for Mosman Public School and its charity
French Music Festival
Sunday, 19 June, 9am- 4pm
St Paul’s Catholic College Manly,
Take care. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Zali Steggall OAM MP
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