The way forward for Indigenous Education

PALRIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2013. In some respects this is a non controversial bill because all it does is extend for a further year the funding of three particular initiatives. So the Coalition will not be opposing this bill, but I do have some concerns…

Motion in support of the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  In the budget just a couple of weeks ago, the government outlined a list of its infrastructure priorities for the next five, 10 and 20 years, but the key omission from the list was the funding of the East West Link in Melbourne. The motion in front of us today argues strongly…

Academia can’t be limited to 26 weeks

Australian Financial Review Despite students living in a 24/7 world, the academic calendar remains firmly rooted in the past, dictating that students can learn for only half the year. It is an anomaly which makes little sense in today’s world and should change. Faster learning would reduce student’s living costs and get them into the…

Labor forgets Knox in refusing to fund the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The East West Link is a vital piece of infrastructure that is desperately needed for Melbourne, particularly for residents in eastern Melbourne, including in my electorate of Aston, who face daily traffic congestion. I rise today to express my disappointment and frustration that the federal government ignored this important piece of infrastructure in…