Help send a message to the Premier - return Parliament
The Parliament hasn’t sat for more than 2 months. That’s 2 months in which the NSW Government hasn’t been forced to answer questions from elected representatives – 2 months without accountability.
On Monday I received another email from the NSW Government postponing Parliament again – no sitting in September.
For democracy to work, Parliament needs to sit.
Parliament is how Government is properly held to account, how policies and decisions are challenged – and improved to better suit regional communities.
The people and business of NSW have suffered immensely from the impacts of decisions taken by the NSW Government in relation to COVID.
With Parliament not sitting, we see frequent city centric decision making, without consideration of regional communities. We then need to mop up the fall out and fix the problems that should not have existed in the first place.
Decisions are being taken without consultation with regional communities, and often without their elected representatives.
When this all started, there was an agreement struck to grant government significant powers to be able to move quickly in response to a virus we didn’t know much about.
We now know more, especially that Government has failed to balance these significant powers with transparency. The NSW Parliament, when operating can force that transparency.
I have agreed to take a Petition to the Legislative Assembly that will force the Government to debate why democracy should be suspended.
You can sign the petition here: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/Pages/ePetition-details.aspx?q=4kDqO+WwAhYtUYix6eiFSw==
The petition requires 20000 signatures. Please sign if you want to send a clear message that democracy and Parliament need to be returned.