The Industrial logjam holding our children back

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN:  While the change in Parliamentary Speaker was drowning other news, the Gillard government quietly dropped its promised teacher bonus scheme. Axing this clumsy add-on to the existing teacher salary structures was sensible, but the principle of merit pay remains essential to improving our schools. Wholesale reform is required. The existing system…

Mining Tax

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise today to also speak on the mining tax bills that are before us. I do not wish to go over all the material, which previous coalition members have spoken on, but I would like to associate myself with many of the comments that the coalition speakers made today and yesterday.…

Indigenous incarceration

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on Dr Leigh’s motion concerning the increasing incarceration rates of Australian citizens, and particularly those of Indigenous Australians. This issue is an important one. The figures quoted in the motion are alarming and should make all Australians, particularly policy makers, stop, think and reflect. The Australian incarceration rate…

We remember them and welcome you

Federal Member for Aston, Mr Alan Tudge MP, attended and spoke at a Citizenship Ceremony held on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2010, to celebrate with 118 Knox residents who pledged their commitment to Australia, to become Australian Citizens. The Mayor, Cr Joe Cossari and Wurundjeri Elder, Doreen Garvey-Wandin, warmly welcomed the candidates and State Member…

Occasional Care childcare funding in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise today to again express my concern in relation to the Federal government’s decision to cut $12.6 million from the Take a Break program, which funds Occasional Care. In Victoria some 220 community centres that operate Occasional Care may now need to close down their programs. Thousands of parents will be…

Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise also to speak on the Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011. This bill does four things. Firstly, it updates the maximum public funds allocated to fund Commonwealth supported places as a result of projected increases in enrolments of Commonwealth supported students in Australian universities. Secondly, it provides for…