In support of an upgrade for Boronia Heights Primary School

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise in support of the redevelopment of the Boronia Heights Primary School. Boronia Heights is a terrific school in the corner of my electorate, in the foothills of the Dandenongs. It caters for just under 500 students, from prep to year 6, and is ably led by Prin... ... (18-Jun)

Helping not hindering our Charities - The Australian Charities Bill (2013)

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Perhaps the key difference between the Coalition and the Labor Party is our view on the size and the role of government. The Labor Party, with its socialist roots, has always believed in big government. It believes that the government should be at the centre of econ... ... (18-Jun)

Knox Honour Roll gathers support and funding

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Just over 12 months ago, I launched in conjunction with the major veterans and services organisations a campaign to build an honour roll in the Knox municipality to honour those fallen servicemen and servicewomen from the past. It is something which is missing in our comm... ... (17-Jun)

Questions to be answered on Knox school funding

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: At the beginning of this debate about these amendments, the minister said that these 71 pages of amendments provide funding certainty for our schools. That is the claim that he made and I would like to put on the record that these amendments do no such thing. It is an ext... ... (05-Jun)

The way forward for Indigenous Education

PALRIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2013. In some respects this is a non controversial bill because all it does is extend for a further year the funding of three particular initiatives. So the Coalition will not be opposin... ... (31-May)

Private Health Insurance Rebate Changes: Increasing costs for Knox families

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise also to speak on the Private Health Insurance Amendment (Lifetime Health Cover Loading and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and the cognate bill in front of the parliament today and express my grave concerns in relation to them. These bills represent another hit to ... ... (28-May)

Motion in support of the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  In the budget just a couple of weeks ago, the government outlined a list of its infrastructure priorities for the next five, 10 and 20 years, but the key omission from the list was the funding of the East West Link in Melbourne. The motion in front of us today argue... ... (27-May)

Three important issues for Knox: Helping our manufacturing, a Post Office at Wellington Village and improving community safety

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  In the time that I have available this evening, I would like to make some remarks in relation to three important local issues in my electorate. The first of those relates to manufacturing. As everyone across Australia knows, Ford will stop producing cars in 2016 and... ... (27-May)

Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 and the package of bills before us. The aged-care sector is at a crossroads. We have an ageing population. We have providers who are operating in the red, and we have a sector which has been reviewed... ... (27-May)

Labor forgets Knox in refusing to fund the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The East West Link is a vital piece of infrastructure that is desperately needed for Melbourne, particularly for residents in eastern Melbourne, including in my electorate of Aston, who face daily traffic congestion. I rise today to express my disappointment and frus... ... (16-May)

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