Australian Education Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The Australian Education Bill 2012 is an extraordinary bill and this is an extraordinary debate, because we are discussing a bill which expressly says that it does not create rights or duties that are legally enforceable. I believe that this will be unique in Australian history: a discussion in this chamber of…

Tudge asks PM to explain Wantirna Health cuts

Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, directly asked the Prime Minister in Question Time to explain how she could justify cutting hospital beds, including five from Wantirna Health, while still spending money on carbon tax ads. The Gillard Government recently cut $107 million from Victorian hospitals including $8.4 million from Eastern Health.  The funding…

Celebrating the Year of the Snake

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Yesterday, as you would be aware, hundreds of thousands of Australians and hundreds of millions of people across the world celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year—the Year of the Snake. This is a very special occasion for Chinese people everywhere. Yesterday and on Saturday I caught up with many Chinese Australians in…

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…