Thomas GeorgeMember for Lismore- State Matters
Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
About 150 local guests and I had the pleasure this week of attending a Prayer Breakfast with former Wallabies Captain, Nick Farr-Jones, as guest speaker at the Lismore Workers Club.
Nick Farr-Jones spoke about the challenges of public life and the value of prayer in dealing with lifes trials. Thank you to Nick, the Lismore Workers Club and those who attended on making the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast such a successful event.
Six weeks left for JP reappointments
Today marks six weeks until the deadline closes for Justices of the Peace to send in applications for reappointment.
The Attorney-Generals Department are accepting reappointment applications until August 31. After this date, the Department is unable to guarantee that applications received will be processed before the December 8 deadline when JP appointments lapse.
To date approximately 34,000 JPs have been reappointed under the Justices of the Peace Act 2002. Copies of the reappointment form are available from my office.
YMCA Youth Parliament
In the last column I congratulated Ashleigh Foley and Alyson Hewett of Kadina High School and Jessica Webb of Lismore High School, who were chosen to represent their schools at the YMCAs Youth Parliament in Sydney. The students have now attended the Parliament and I was impressed by their involvement in the day. It was a great opportunity for Ashleigh, Alyson and Jessica to see how the Parliament works and for MPs to listen to the concerns of students from across NSW. The Far North Coasts future is in great hands.
Warning about phone scams
There have been reports recently of a new telephone scam built around returning missed calls. A person who receives a missed call on their telephone register from certain numbers is then stung $100 when they return the call.
The lines that are used are premium service lines which were designed for services such as ringing up for legal advice and talking to a lawyer for a certain rate per minute. However these lines are now being used more for sex line calls and now telephone scams.
It is hoped that service providers will act and close down the lines, however, in the interim if you receive missed calls it is advisable not to return the call unless you recognise the number.
2006 Justice Awards
The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW is seeking nominations for the 2006 Justice Awards. The Awards recognise the contributions that individuals and organisations have made to improving access to justice in NSW.
Nominations can be made in the following categories;
Justice Medal for improving access to justice in NSW;
The Aboriginal Justice Award to an Aboriginal individual or group who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving justice for Aboriginal people in NSW;
The Pro Bono Partnership Award for an outstanding pro bono legal assistance partnership; and
The Law and Justice Volunteer Award for outstanding commitment to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.
Nominations can be made online at www.lawfoundation.net.au/justice_awards or by obtaining a form from my office. The closing date is August 14.
Phone: 6621 3624
Fax: 6622 1403
Address: PO Box 52, Lismore, NSW, 2480