Speeches

Lifting Quality in Our Education Research

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Over the last few weeks we have had a lot of debate about the quality of teacher education courses, with both the NSW government and the federal government announcing policies to address standards. It is fair to say that there is bipartisan concern about how our fut... ... (19-Mar)

Wasteful Government Advertising

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: We know that the government has no shame, but the hospital ads that the government has placed into Victorian metropolitan newspapers go to new lows. We know the history of this. The government ripped $107 million from Victorian hospitals causing beds to close at the ... ... (14-Mar)

Knox Relay for Life

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The Knox Relay for Life, a fantastic community event in which members across my electorate come together to raise funds for the Victorian Cancer Council, is due to take place in a week or so. I know that this event also occurs in other electorates and that other memb... ... (13-Mar)

The impact of the rising cost of living

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I would like to use the opportunity of this debate on Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2012-2013 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2012-2013 to express my concern about rising cost-of-living pressures hitting residents in my electorate and across Australia, and to express my disma... ... (13-Feb)

3 Minute Statement - Changes to the Private Health Insurance Rebate to hurt Knox locals

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to express my concern about the proposed cuts to the private health insurance rebate. Private health insurance is very important in my electorate—70 per cent of my residents take out private health insurance. I represent a very middle-class electorate. It is not ov... ... (13-Feb)

Australian Education Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The Australian Education Bill 2012 is an extraordinary bill and this is an extraordinary debate, because we are discussing a bill which expressly says that it does not create rights or duties that are legally enforceable. I believe that this will be unique in Australian h... ... (13-Feb)

Supporting the National Disability Insurance Scheme

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  If we were designing governments from a blank sheet of paper today and determining what should be our priorities to fund from the taxes collected from Australians, I think support for people with disabilities would be among the highest. Supporting people who, throug... ... (11-Feb)

Celebrating the Year of the Snake

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Yesterday, as you would be aware, hundreds of thousands of Australians and hundreds of millions of people across the world celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year—the Year of the Snake. This is a very special occasion for Chinese people everywhere. Yesterday and on Sa... ... (11-Feb)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People's Recognition Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise in support of the Indigenous Recognition Bill before us today. It is appropriate that we debate this bill in the week of the annual Closing the Gap statement. In some regards it brings a symmetry to the debate. Yesterday's statements by the Prime Minister and... ... (07-Feb)

The Importance of Small Business

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Could I start my remarks today with a congratulations to the Labor Party for at least being able to get two out of three of their members who have a small business background to speak on this matter which concerns small business. So congratulations to the Labor Party, bec... ... (07-Feb)

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