A change in government changes the country

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014. May I start with commending the member for Higgins for that fine contribution, in particular for pointin... ... (05-Mar)

Speech at the National Apology Breakfast

HON ALAN TUDGE MP PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE PRIME MINISTERGOVERNMENT HOUSE, Sydney: Thank you Mr McMullen for your warm welcome.I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.Thank you Mr Allen Madden for y... ... (07-Feb)

Support for Cape York Welfare Reform trial

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on one particular aspect of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013—that is, the continuing income management as part of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial, which is a cost of $4.2 million over two years. This is one measure amon... ... (19-Dec)

Local priorities for next three years

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I want to take this opportunity today to outline some of my priorities for my electorate for this term. I would like to briefly cover six in the time I have available. My first priority is to assist in making a safer Knox area and that involves a number of things. There n... ... (10-Dec)

Carbon tax hitting Knox manufacturers

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The carbon tax impacts my electorate more than many because it has such a large manufacturing base. Many of the manufacturers in my electorate are doing it tough. So I use this opportunity to implore the Labor Party to honour our election mandate—and, indeed, to hono... ... (04-Dec)

East-West Link needed to ease Knox traffic congestion

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I welcome the opportunity to debate this motion put forward by the member for Throsby. The essence of this motion is that the federal government should prioritise urban rail projects, three in particular in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, above its traditional infrast... ... (03-Dec)

Increasing not decreasing childcare affordability

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I also rise this evening to speak against the Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Bill 2013. While the objectives of the bill may be sound, it has some deleterious consequences. The member who spoke very eloquently before me outlined many of them here this even... ... (26-Jun)

Looking Ahead: My Priorities for Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: This is the last week of the 43rd parliament and possibly the last time that I will have the opportunity to speak in this House before the election. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Aston for the honour they bestowed upon me in 2010 to be their... ... (26-Jun)

Committee Reports on the Australian Education Bill 2013 and the Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Bill 2013

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I seek leave to speak on these two committee reports. I was also a member for House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment, which inquired into these two important bills over recent weeks. I would like to make some brief comments in relation to... ... (19-Jun)

A new post office for Wellington Village

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  We need an additional post office in Wellington Village in Rowville in my electorate. This is just a few kilometres away from the Stud Park Post Office, but that post office is now almost at capacity and there is an enormous growth corridor out the Rowville directio... ... (18-Jun)

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