The Tide is Turning for Indigenous Australians

The Australian:  The overwhelming feeling from the Prime Minister’s visit to indigenous communities late last month was optimism. That the tide may be turning and conditions slowly but steadily improving. In the seemingly intractable area of remote indigenous disadvantage, have we turned the corner? The week was spent in the Torres Strait Islands and northern…

Solution to grog on the cards

The Australian: What responsibility should we have over how welfare is delivered to those in need? Since the introduction of federal unemployment benefits in 1944, the government has provided welfare in cash. The reason is expedience: dropping cash into an account is simpler and cheaper than the traditional church welfare of providing clothes, food or…

Ice in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Australia is in the midst of an ice epidemic. Every state and local government is affected, with the devastating effects of ice destroying young people and families across the country. Unfortunately the Knox municipality, which coincides broadly with the boundaries of my electorate of Aston, is not immune. In fact Knox has…

University funding

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:Mr Speaker, may I congratulate you on your election to this high office. Labor are experts at peddling false information about the government’s policies. As we know, they will suggest that we have cut things when we have in fact increased the funding. They peddle misinformation in relation to our industrial relations policy.…

Local WW1 commemorative database launched

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has helped officially launch a new online World War I community database for the eastern suburbs. Mr Tudge launched the database together with Michael Sukkar MP, the Federal Member for Deakin, Tony Smith MP, the Federal Member for Casey, and Jason Wood MP, the Federal Member…