Best in Class

PUBLISHED IN ‘AUSTRALIAN POLITY’ – Volume 1 (Number 5), 20 December, 2010.  Apart from domestic and national security, the two main duties of government are economic growth and social cohesion. Education policy is unique among policy issues because it has such an enormous impact on economic growth as well as social equality and stability. We must…

Rowville Railway extension

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (10.21 pm)—In question time on Thursday, 28 October the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport was asked questions about the Moreton Bay rail link in Brisbane and the Epping to Parramatta rail link in Sydney. In the minister’s response, he outlined the reasons that the federal government decided to make…

National Curriculum

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (12.29 pm)—I rise to second the motion moved by the honourable member for Sturt. We are calling on the government to delay the implementation of the national curriculum for the simple reason that it is not ready. And don’t just believe me or Mr Pyne in this assessment but…

Stud Road bus lane

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (10.36 am)—In the newsletter I sent to my constituents in October, I asked for their views on the Stud Road bus lane. Stud Road is the only north-south road that travels through the city of Knox, and as such it is a very important arterial connecting our community. The…

Voluntary Student Unionism

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (6.48 pm)—I rise to speak on the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010 having been a student leader myself back in the early nineties, having worked with Dr Nelson in the early 2000s—in 2005, if I recall correctly—to abolish compulsory student union fees and as a…

Remembrance Day in Aston

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHAMBER Mr TUDGE (Aston) (4.00 pm)—Last week I had the opportunity to attend several Remembrance Day services, where we paid our respects to those brave men and women who have died in the service of our country. The first such service was on the Sunday before Remembrance Day, when the Bayswater RSL…

Cost of Living

Mr TUDGE (Aston) (10.00 pm)—As I travel around my electorate, one of the issues that increasingly gets raised is the soaring cost of living. The basic costs of everyday, non-discretionary goods like water, electricity, child care and groceries are all going up. And people are hurting. I hear this said at the retirement villages, at…