Tue, 24 Sep 2019
Mental Health is a big priority for the Morrison Government – and for me. So I was pleased to drop in to a breakfast at LifeLine in Gordon where the Lifeline team briefed local community leaders on their many wonderful services.
The particular focus of the briefing was the comprehensive support available for people with gambling problems, including those who get into financial difficulty as a result of the increasingly pervasive online gambling services.
If you or someone you know needs help – Lifeline is there, on 13 11 14 or at www.lifeline.org.au.
Sun, 15 Sep 2019
It was great to join the celebrations for Marian Street Theatre for Young People's 50th Birthday at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Guests were treated to excerpts of Nelly the Very Curious Elephant and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by some of Bradfield's finest young talent. Congratulations to the Theatre for 50 years of nurturing the talents of young performers and encouraging them to be passionate about the arts.
Sat, 31 Aug 2019
I dropped into the Ku-ring-gai Netball Association Finals at the Canoon Road Courts in South Turramurra - along with my state colleagues Alister Henskens & Matt Kean, and we caught up with KNA patron Brenda Williams. It was great to see the high standard of play from the talented young women on the courts.
Mon, 26 Aug 2019
At Lindfield East Public School, I watched Bell Shakespeare’s ‘Just Romeo and Juliet!’ Three high energy actors, a cleverly summarised and updated script and sixty year six students completely engrossed.
Sun, 04 Aug 2019
I had the privilege of sounding the starter's horn at the San Run for Life in Wahroonga. Well done to the 600 plus participants who ran. All funds will go to the Sydney Adventist Hospital's Cancer Services, which supports the needs of cancer patients and their loved ones throughout their difficult journey.
Fri, 26 Jul 2019
I had the pleasure of awarding the Member for Bradfield prize at the Ku-ring-gai Art Society’s 54th Annual Art Awards at the St Ives Shopping Village. This year the award went to local artist Caroline Oesterheld for her painting Middle Harbour Lookout. Congratulations to Caroline and to the rest of the prizewinners, and to the Ku-ring-gai Art Society for another successful awards night.
Sun, 16 Jun 2019
I had the opportunity to visit the Guru Nanak Gurudwara Turramurra Sikh Temple in Turramurra recently. While I was there I met Dr Daman Deep Singh Bhatia, Dr Kunwardeep Singh Bhatia, and Parneet Singh Bhatia, who had a chat to me about their CultureCare initiative – a fantastic program to raise awareness about the high rates of diabetes and heart disease within the Punjabi community in Australia. CultureCare offers a free educational mobile app, free pop-up clinics to identify potential health problems and help find a local GP who speaks Punjabi, and exercise programs. Thank you to all at the Turramurra Sikh Temple for your warm hospitality – I look forward to my next visit!
Fri, 24 May 2019
Thank you to the people of Bradfield – for once again electing me to serve as your representative in our national Parliament at the 2019 federal election.
Bradfield is an extraordinary community. The electorate is known for its fine schools and hospitals, its gracious heritage architecture of federation homes and tree lined streets and its natural beauty including wonderful national parks. Bradfield’s people are hard-working, well-educated and many hold senior managerial and professional jobs; indeed leaders in every sector of national life live in this electorate.
Bradfield is as diverse as modern Australia: over 19 per cent of residents reported being of Chinese background in the most recent census, 4% Korean, 3% Indian, and many others besides. When I came into the Parliament at the 2009 by-election I considered it was a remarkable privilege to represent this community in our national Parliament; now, after five elections, I believe that even more strongly.
In this next Parliament I will continue to work as part of the Morrison Government to make Australia an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Locally, my priorities will include supporting our outstanding government, Catholic and independent schools in Bradfield; the continued delivery of infrastructure, supported by Commonwealth funding, that will benefit our community, including NorthConnex and Sydney Metro City and Southwest; and working to protect our wonderful natural environment and precious green spaces in Bradfield.
Let me acknowledge and thank my fellow candidates from Labor, the Greens, UAP and Sustainable Australia. It is important for our democracy that good people are prepared to stand for office. From all quarters, our local campaign activities were conducted in a civil fashion and a spirit of mutual respect. I also acknowledge and thank all of the volunteers who helped with my campaign – and who helped on the campaigns of the other candidates.
Most of all, I acknowledge and thank the people of Bradfield for your positive engagement with the election campaign. Wherever I interacted with constituents, from early morning railway station visits to the St Ives Festival on the Green, to community meetings, to visits to schools and retirement villages, to the hundreds of people I met on election day, to interaction online and via email, I almost always received a thoughtful, engaged and courteous response. People in Bradfield take seriously the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in one of the most successful parliamentary democracies in the world!
Thank you for placing your trust in me as your representative.
I will do my best to serve you.
Wed, 08 May 2019
With the enthusiastic Liberal team -Georgia, Anna & Nadine - at Roseville Station where we’ve had a successful morning speaking with constituents about the issues in this election campaign; several people raised their concerns about Labor’s retiree tax.
Tue, 07 May 2019
Great to be in Pymble tonight to host one of my regular town hall meetings. Thanks to all who attended and provided me with their views.
Mon, 06 May 2019
At Asquith station - near the northern end of Bradfield - greeting constituents as they make their way to work or school.
Sun, 05 May 2019
At St Ives Festival on the Green with an enthusiastic Liberal team - a big roll up at this popular community event!