Preserving Indigenous Languages

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to speak just very briefly on the report entitled Our land, our languages, which has been tabled. I would firstly like to commend the committee members of this report for taking the time in having hearings in many different places and putting together a very ... ... (20-Sep)

Presenting the petition for Cyberknife Technology to Parliament

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to table a 5,000-signature petition for the introduction into Australia of CyberKnife radiotherapy treatment. CyberKnife is a remarkable technology that has the capacity to save or improve the lives of hundreds of people who are suffering from cancer. It prov... ... (19-Sep)


PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise also to speak on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012. Everyone in this House no doubt shares the view that charities and non-profits... ... (18-Sep)

Supporting National Police Remembrance Day (Blue Ribbon Day)

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise also to support this motion which supports National Police Remembrance Day, which in Victoria we commemorate as Blue Ribbon Day. This day was instigated in 1989 and is held on 29 September the origins of which is the feast day of Saint Michael, who is the patron sa... ... (17-Sep)

Environment Protection and Biodiversity conservation amendment (Declared Fishing Activities) Bill 2012 - supertrawler

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak strongly against this bill in front of us. It is not because I am enamoured of the concept of the supertrawler but rather for three fundamental reasons. First, in no good conscience could I support a bill which gives such unfettered power to a minister to ... ... (13-Sep)

Government MPI - Catholic and Independent School funding

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: There is a lot of hypocrisy that we have to put up with in this chamber, coming from the other side of the House, but perhaps the greatest hypocrisy we have seen today has come from the Member for Lyne. We heard the Member for Lyne speak for 15 minutes almost exclusively ... ... (13-Sep)

Condolence motion for Lance Corporal Mervyn John McDonald and Private Nate John Aubrey Galagher

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to contribute to this motion that moved by the Acting Prime Minister earlier this week. I would also like to commend the fine words of the member for Higgins and those of all the other members of this House on this motion over the last couple of days. It is w... ... (12-Sep)

Condolence Motion for Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Thomas Martin and Private Robert Poate

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise also to speak to this condolence motion, which was moved by the Acting Prime Minister and was spoken to by numerous parliamentarians before me. I acknowledge the member for Moreton with regard to his very moving and fine words, and I associate myself with his... ... (12-Sep)

Congratulations to the Rowville Hawks Football Club

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to congratulate the Rowville Hawks Football Club for their outstanding victory in Division 2 of the EFL on Saturday where they defeated Montrose 8.10.58 to 7.4.46. It was a fantastic effort from the club. They have had a stellar year and their victory means t... ... (10-Sep)

Supporting Knox small businesses and manufacturers

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  As I go around my electorate, the overwhelming response I hear is that small businesses are doing it particularly tough at the moment. Across the retail precincts, we are now seeing some shops vacant when we have not seen vacancies for years. Individual shop owners ... ... (10-Sep)

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