Opening of the Knox Headspace Centre

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I am proud to report to the House that the Knox headspace centre was officially opened this week. The opening of this centre has been the culmination of a two-year campaign which I have spearheaded, along with community members in my electorate. The Headspace Foundation runs these headspace centres. They are terrific…

Lifting Quality in Our Education Research

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Over the last few weeks we have had a lot of debate about the quality of teacher education courses, with both the NSW government and the federal government announcing policies to address standards. It is fair to say that there is bipartisan concern about how our future teachers are being trained. I…

Wasteful Government Advertising

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: We know that the government has no shame, but the hospital ads that the government has placed into Victorian metropolitan newspapers go to new lows. We know the history of this. The government ripped $107 million from Victorian hospitals causing beds to close at the premier cancer institution, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre,…

Knox Relay for Life

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The Knox Relay for Life, a fantastic community event in which members across my electorate come together to raise funds for the Victorian Cancer Council, is due to take place in a week or so. I know that this event also occurs in other electorates and that other members are also getting involved.…

Internet opens door to tertiary sector

Australian Financial Review“A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change”.  This is how global business consultants Ernst & Young describe the changes hitting our tertiary sector as a result of the digital revolution. It is a dramatic statement, but is probably right. For a thousand years, the university model has been largely…