Four certainties in school funding

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: When Julia Gillard finally announces her new school funding policy in a few weeks time, it will be the first time in 8 years that Labor has put forward an alternative funding plan. Their last plan — Latham’s hit list in 2004 – cut the funding of dozens of schools and contributed to…

Condolence Motion for Sergeant Blaine Flower Diddams

PARLIAMENT HOUSE (CANBERRA): Mr TUDGE (ASTON) Toughest of tough soldiers, known as a hard-hitter, Special Air Service Regiment Patrol Commander, Sergeant Blaine Flower Diddams, was also a tender loving husband and father to Toni-Ann, their daughter Elle-Lou and son Henry.  He was a valued friend, who is sadly missed. His family and friends were of greatest…

Sovereign Wealth Fund a Bad Idea for Australia.

PUBLISHED IN ‘THE PARTY ROOM’ VOL 9, Winter 2012: Despite gaining support in influential circles as a mechanism for capturing today’s wealth for future generations, a sovereign wealth fund should be firmly rejected. That such a fund involves government purchasing billions of company shares should, in itself, be sufficient to sway most liberals and conservatives.…

Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Mr TUDGE (Aston) (12:34): I start by commending the Member for Forrest’s contribution there in outlining, particularly, the impact of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Student Contribution Amounts and Other Measures) Bill 2012 on regional and rural students. She is a very strong advocate in this parliament for those students particularly. This…