Carbon tax hitting Knox manufacturers

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The carbon tax impacts my electorate more than many because it has such a large manufacturing base. Many of the manufacturers in my electorate are doing it tough. So I use this opportunity to implore the Labor Party to honour our election mandate—and, indeed, to honour their own promise—and back the scrapping of…

East-West Link needed to ease Knox traffic congestion

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I welcome the opportunity to debate this motion put forward by the member for Throsby. The essence of this motion is that the federal government should prioritise urban rail projects, three in particular in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, above its traditional infrastructure responsibilities for major roads, highways, airports, bridges and national rail networks.…

False barriers to useful work

Alan Tudge The Australian   “YES we can”. Barack Obama’s slogan in the 2008 election campaign was a masterstroke in changing the mindset from one of problems to shared optimism. The clear intent was to focus on what could be done, not what could not.   This same mindset shift is desperately needed in our…