Small Business Association of Australia

Darwin, 21 November: Thank you for the opportunity to address your conference, representing the Prime Minister. Can I thank Anne Nalder and the Small Business Association of Australia for your work and advocacy on behalf of the two million small businesses nationally – The two million who generate five million jobs and who are the…

Speech at opening of Knox Honour Roll Memorial

Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully 1st November 2014 Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery and Mrs Marlena Jeffery. Members of Parliament, other dignitaries, families, relatives, and loved ones of those who are lost, veterans. Fellow Knox residents. In April 2012, a Mrs Alison Jones and Meryl Jones came to see me in my office. I…

Unshackle tyranny of low expectations

The Australian: “IT’S paradise. I’ve been to these communities lots of times … Why would you go to school when you can go turtle hunting?” Jon Faine put this question to me when we were discussing remote Aboriginal education on ABC radio in Melbourne. It’s Faine’s style to be contrar­ian and I know he doesn’t…

Knox Honour Roll dedication on 1 November

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, has reminded Knox residents that the official unveiling of the Knox Honour Roll Memorial will be held on 1 November this year.   The Knox Honour Roll Memorial will be officially unveiled by the former Governor-General, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC…

Australian Education Amendment Bill

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Australian Education Amendment Bill, following the member for Hasluck. It is always a pleasure to follow the member for Hasluck, who is particularly learned and wise on education matters concerning Indigenous children. This bill does a number of things, and I would like to speak briefly…

20 million trees grants now available

The Federal Member for Aston, Hon Alan Tudge MP, is encouraging the Knox community to apply for grants to set up tree planting and vegetation projects. As part of the Federal Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme, grants are available to re-establish native vegetation, create greener spaces to improve amenity of local areas, and improve habitat…