Schools Assistance Amendment Bill 2011

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA: I rise to speak on the Schools Assistance Amendment Bill 2011. This Bill removes the requirement that the national curriculum for the non-government schools must be implemented by 2012. The practical effects of the bill will be, in essence, to do what the Coalition has been asking of the government since last November,…

Motion: Early Childhood Education

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on this motion which concerns early childhood education. I am the mover of this particular motion. This is an important motion that I hope will get the full support of this parliament. It is so important because it concerns the viability of three-year-old kindergartens in Victoria. In short, if…

BORONIA DEVELOPMENT

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  Last month I sent a brochure and a survey to residents of Boronia in my electorate. I received hundreds of responses to the survey. The biggest local issue that was raised concerned high-rise developments in the area of Boronia. Under the present guidelines, buildings of up to 11 metres, could be built in…