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Matters Of State - November 20

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Last Wednesday I had the terrific honour and privilege to deliver my valedictory speech to the NSW Parliament.

It was the 406th time I had stood in the Legislative Assembly chamber and addressed the parliament, and I was proud to be able to do so on this occasion in front of family, friends and staff members.

So much has happened since I was first elected as the Member for Dubbo back in 2011, and I am proud that through the collective efforts of the NSW Government, my staff and myself, we have been able to deliver so much for the electorate.

We truly are in the middle of a golden era of investment and infrastructure delivery to the major centres of Dubbo, Wellington, Mudgee and Narromine, and I look forward to seeing that continue under the next Coalition government.

As was the case in my speech, it is hard to thank everyone personally but I feel I must once again thank my wife Toni and our kids Taylor and Hamish.

Politics isn’t an easy game, and I have become used to rigours that come with it.

But for them, they have been without their husband and father for so many nights and for so many special occasions.

After 30 years of service, between policing and politics, it is time for me to dedicate my time to my family.

To everyone who has supported me and my family over the course of the years, through the ups and downs, once again I say a simple thank you.

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Two days prior to my speech I had the chance to open the new Tresillian Family Care Centre in Dubbo.

For too long, families from our region have had to travel too far to access these services, which play a vital role in helping parents address issues with their babies and toddlers.

Listening to the ordeal Simone O’Neill and her family have endured, it rammed home just how essential this service is and the NSW Government is proud of the role we have played in bringing it to Dubbo.

So many families battle silently, whether it be sleep or other behavioural issues, but that doesn’t need to be the case anymore.

Hopefully families across the region can make use of this service through the terrific staff that will be involved.

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Last week it was also announced that the NSW Government will introduce the toughest sentences in Australia for concealing child abuse, including seven-year prison terms for the worst cases.

Currently, failing to report child abuse without a reasonable excuse carries a sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment, or five years if the concealment was done for a benefit, such as financial gain.

The planned amendment to section 316A of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) will introduce staggered penalties for concealment.

NSW and Victoria are the only states in Australia with a concealment offence specifically related to child abuse (NSW) or child sexual abuse (Victoria).  In Victoria, the maximum penalty is three years’ imprisonment.

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New South Wales has experienced its biggest lift in annual wages growth in four years, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The NSW Wage Price Index (WPI) rose 1.2 per cent in the September quarter to be 2.4 per cent higher through the year.

More than 70 per cent of NSW industries have seen wages growth accelerate over the past year.  

Among the highlights, workers in the health care and social assistance industry in NSW saw their wages grow by 3.0 per cent followed by education and training at 2.7 per cent.

Wages in the public sector have increased by 2.6 per cent over the past 12 months with the private sector recording 2.2 per cent growth.

Until next week,

Troy
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