Newsletter December 2017

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The Hon. Tjorn Sibma

In the Community 
December 2017


Hello and welcome to my first newsletter.

It has been a busy time since I was sworn into the Legislative Council in late May.

I have been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Government Accountability, Community Services; Youth; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteers; and, Veterans issues.  In addition, I am the deputy chair of the Legislative Council’s Estimates and Financial Operations Committee; and have recently joined the Select Committee into Elder Abuse which is chaired by my friend and colleague, the Hon Nick Goiran MLC.
Outside of the parliament, I have with my upper house colleagues the Hon Peter Collier MLC and the Hon Michael Mischin, been focussed on re-establishing relationships with individuals and community groups across the northern suburbs.  It is clear that the sentiment in those electorates which we lost to Labor in March, is already beginning to turn against the McGowan Government.  The reduction in the seniors' rebate and increases to household fees and charges are beginning to bite.   

While there are few consolations about being in Opposition; defeating the Labor Government’s attempt to increase gold royalties by 50% was a significant moment for the Liberal Party, and reinforces the important role my colleagues and I in the Legislative Council play.  Our decision to disallow McGowan’s gold tax was based on strong Liberal principles and the need to hold the Government accountable for its promises.  Our decision to stop the royalty increase protected jobs from being lost and restored confidence in the gold mining sector.

I look forward to meeting as many of the people in the northern suburbs as possible in the months and years to come

For now, I thank you all for your support and in what will now be a busy time for all of us over the next few weeks I wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Winners of the Royal Commonwealth Society Speech and Leadership Contest 2017
It was my pleasure to host the winners and finalists of the Royal Commonwealth Society Speech and Leadership Contest 2017 at Parliament House on 15 November 2017.
I attended the Society competition earlier on and was truly impressed by the calibre and professionalism of those competing – all from Years 9 – 12.  I congratulate the Society on conducting this annual contest, Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE,  Executive Chair of the Speech and Leadership Committee, and most especially all of those who participated, the winners and finalists.  If the leaders of our community are to come from these articulate and knowledgeable young West Australians then I am very positive about our future.

It was a pleasure to join Hugh & the Seniors Recreation Council at Burswood Park to celebrate Have a Go Day!

Labor Adds to Mitchell Freeway Misery

The McGowan Government's decision to scrap plans for widening sections of the Mitchell Freeway southbound has let people in the northern suburbs down.

Main Roads had identified the additional lanes as high priorities as part of the overall freeways upgrade. These projects would have addressed significant congestion and removed bottlenecks at Erindale Road, Whitfords Avenue, and Ocean Reef Road.

I will continue to call on the Labor Government to reinstate this project and address the congestion of the northern section of the Mitchell Freeway immediately.

Sundowner 16 November
On a sultry night in Perth when the temperature reached 36 degrees during the day, I had the opportunity to host a sundowner at the Kingsley Tavern and away from the very humid conditions we had all endured that day. It was an opportunity for me to meet again some of the people and groups I had already encountered in my five months representing the North Metropolitan Region, but it was also an opportunity to meet new people and hear about the issues they face.
The group was diverse, including representatives from football, cricket, soccer, tennis and bowling clubs, to those who are doing much-needed work in community groups involved with seniors, youth, the environment, drug use, grandparents and those experiencing financial hardship.
Thank you to all that came along.  It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope the contact will continue to be maintained with my office.

On the 16th of November, I had the pleasure of visiting the Roleystone Family Centre and the Roleystone Men’s Shed in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Community Services and Volunteers. I was accompanied by my colleague the Hon Donna Faragher, the local member for East Metro. Both groups play an important role in supporting the local community, and I look forward to seeing their continuing success in the future.
Morning tea with Justices of the Peace
On 21 November I had the opportunity to have morning tea with a number of Justices of the Peace within the North Metropolitan Region.  This was an opportunity for me to find out more about what challenges face JPs in the performance of their duties and what their views are on some of the emerging issues in our society.

One and a half hours later not only did I have a much better understanding of some of the obstacles and challenges facing JPs, but I now have the utmost respect for the work they do in our community.  Often working long hours, unpaid and with a unanimous commitment to give something back to our community.  This was a thoroughly educational and inspirational experience for me.  I look forward to catching up individually over the next few months with some of the JPs I met and following up on the issues raised.






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