The Importance of Small Business

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Could I start my remarks today with a congratulations to the Labor Party for at least being able to get two out of three of their members who have a small business background to speak on this matter which concerns small business. So congratulations to the Labor Party, because it must have…

Condemning the Federal Government health cuts

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to condemn in the strongest possible terms the federal government’s cut of $107 million to the Victorian health system. In my own electorate of Aston, local residents will suffer because, as a result of these cuts, Eastern Health has been forced to announce that they will reduce services at Wantirna…

Help those who help themselves

The Australian AS Kevin Rudd and other Labor MPs seek a boost to the Newstart Allowance, the government appears caught between its desire to lift unemployment benefits and the fiscal realities. It’s thought poverty in this country is a need that is well understood but cannot be met in the budget. But is that right?…