Help those who help themselves

The Australian AS Kevin Rudd and other Labor MPs seek a boost to the Newstart Allowance, the government appears caught between its desire to lift unemployment benefits and the fiscal realities. It’s thought poverty in this country is a need that is well understood but cannot be met in the budget. But is that right?…

Learning goals must equal Asia’s best

Australian Financial ReviewThe Prime Minister’s Asian Century White Paper aims for our school system to be in the world’s top five by 2025, but expectations in our curriculum do not support this goal.  To reach the top, we should follow the example set by the United Kingdom and deliberately benchmark what our kids learn against…

National Gambling Reform Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to also speak on the National Gambling Reform Bill 2012 and the two other bills before us. I say at the outset that I am not a huge fan of pokies. In fact, I have great difficulty with them because of their social consequences, their impact on many people within…