• 10/11/2015: Question Without Notice, Impounded Dogs

    The Hon. MARK PEARSON: My question is directed to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, representing the Minister for Local Government. In 2013-14 more than 20,000 impounded dogs and cats were killed by local councils and the RSPCA. Given that section 64(5) of the Companion Animals Act states that councils have a duty to consider alternatives to killing, by what accountability mechanism does the Minister satisfy himself that councils are responsibly exercising that duty? And given that the Office of Local Government figures show that approved rescue groups under section 16(d) rehomed close to 8,000 animals rescued from death row last year, will the Minister explain why these organisations receive no funding from government?

    The Hon. DUNCAN GAY: I thank the honourable member for his question. It is a question of great detail which I will refer to my colleague the Minister for Local Government. I do remember, however, recently he asked me why we had not done something about the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service [WIRES] signs and when I checked, they were not our signs, they were WIRES’ signs. We need to check on this and I will take the question in good faith and pass it on to the Minister for a detailed answer.

    Hansard link – HERE

    No answer has yet been provided.

  • 17/07/2015: GREY2K meeting shows a ban on the greyhound industry is achievable

    I had an insightful and inspiring meeting with Christine and Carey from GREY2K USA and Animal Liberation NSW. We spoke of their success, strategies and the lessons they learnt whilst fighting to end the greyhound industry across the United States.

    The ongoing inquiry into the systematic cruelty and torture inflicted on both dogs and small animals used for live baiting shows that this industry cannot be trusted. It cannot be cleaned up. GREY2K have proved that through multifaceted campaigns, an end to the greyhound industry is achievable.

    Great work guys!

    Christine and Carey (GREY2K USA), Mark and Emma Hurst (Animal Liberation NSW).

    Christine and Carey (GREY2K USA), Mark and Emma Hurst (Animal Liberation NSW).

  • 06/05/2015: My Inaugural speech

    I felt truly privileged to give a voice for the voiceless in parliament. Many dear friends and supporters joined me in the public gallery for the history making moment. I contemplated the significance of this speech and for the foundation it will set for my work in NSW parliament.

    Read the full speech HERE

    Watch the full speech below.

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