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THE GLORIAs ARE BACK AT PARLIAMENT ON 14 MAY 2014


GLORIAs

Now in their 5th year, the GLORIAs are a fun event that shines a light on outrageous, ridiculous and ignorant comments made about our GLBTI citizens every day.

Join me, and special guest host David Marr, for a night of fun and fabulousness as we call out public homophobia and transphobia.

What: Drinks, canapes and a boo-off for the most outrageous comment of the year.
When: 6.30-8.30pm Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Where: Parliament of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
How much: $70 / $45 Unwaged / conc.

Tickets are on sale now, go to: http://www.trybooking.com/83377

Nominations are open online at www.theglorias.com.au/nominate_2014 in the six categories (Media, Politics/Law, International, Sport, Religion and Silliest comment from within the GLBTI community) until Friday 25 April.

CENTRAL COAST COMMUTERS HOME LATE 80% OF THE TIME

MEDIA RELEASE | Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Greg Donnelly MLC, Labor MLC for the Central Coast
Penny Sharpe MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport

CENTRAL COAST COMMUTERS HOME LATE 80% OF THE TIME

NEW TIMETABLE FAILING TO MEET ON TIME RUNNING 15 OUT OF 19 WEEKS

NSW Labor has today revealed that since the introduction of the new timetable, afternoon trains getting commuters home to the Central Coast have been late 15 out of 19 weeks – meaning that 80% of trains in the afternoon peak are delayed.

NSW Labor is calling on the O’Farrell Government to outline what steps it is taking to address late trains on the Central Coast.

“The O’Farrell Government said the new timetable would improve services for commuters on the Central Coast yet these figures show that commuters are being left at platforms waiting for trains that get them home late every week”, said Penny Sharpe, Shadow Minister for Transport.

NSW LABOR CALLS ON TRANSPORT MINISTER TO TELL RAIL COMMUTERS OF POTENTIAL OPAL RIP OFF

MEDIA RELEASE | Sunday, 13 April 2014

John Robertson MP, NSW Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Penny Sharpe MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport

NSW LABOR CALLS ON TRANSPORT MINISTER TO TELL RAIL COMMUTERS OF POTENTIAL OPAL RIP OFF
 
WESTERN SYDNEY, CENTRAL COAST, HUNTER & ILLAWARRA COMMUTERS TO BE HIT HARDEST

The NSW Labor Opposition has called on the Minister for Transport to contact approximately 47,000 rail commuters who purchase monthly, quarterly and yearly MyTrain tickets and advise them that they will likely be financially worse off under Opal.
 
Labor has written to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian calling on the government to contact the registered holders of monthly, quarterly and yearly train tickets to advise them that switching to Opal will potentially cost them more for the same trips.
 
Labor has also called on the O’Farrell Government to outline the long term plan for periodic tickets and whether they will be retained under Opal.
 
Under Opal, many commuters who previously purchased a periodic ticket will be worse off:
 
Opal vs Yearly tickets 2014

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[1] Source: NSW Auditor General Report to Parliament – Volume 8 2013 – Transport.

HUNTER REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN – THREE YEARS WAIT FOR NOT MUCH

MEDIA RELEASE | Thursday, 3 April 2014

Penny Sharpe MLC, Shadow Minister for Transport
Sonia Hornery MP, Shadow Minister for the Hunter and Member for Wallsend
Clayton Barr MP, Member For Cessnock

HUNTER REGIONAL TRANSPORT PLAN – THREE YEARS WAIT FOR NOT MUCH

After three years the O’Farrell Government has quietly released their Hunter Regional Transport Plan on to the Transport for NSW website – highlighting just how embarrassed they are of their own plan, Shadow Transport Minister Penny Sharpe said today.

“It is no wonder the O’Farrell Government didn’t even bother to come to the Hunter to launch this plan. They know there is nothing new in it,” said Shadow Minister for Transport, Penny Sharpe.

“This plan does not commit one extra cent for public transport in the Hunter.

“The plan is padded out with a list of projects started and completed under the previous government and projects that would have been completed under existing funding.”

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