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…

Headspace Centre to be established in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I inform the House that a Headspace Centre will soon be established in the Knox area in my electorate, which is a terrific outcome. It is a combination of a more than 12-month-long campaign which I have spearheaded along with many other people in the local community. We have organised a 10,000-strong…

Reverend David Devine

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I would like to pay tribute to a man whom we are losing from the Knox community, the Reverend David Devine. For the last 15 years, Reverend Devine has been the pastor at the Rowville Baptist Church. Last Sunday, however, he announced that he would be stepping down from this role and…

Raising the bar in education

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise tonight to speak on raising the bar in education. In this Olympic year as we see countries vie to be the best in sport I want to say: why not in education? Our country has been prosperous, free and harmonious for such a long time that our children should be…

Child care: balancing quality and cost

PUBLISHED ON THE DRUM June 15, 2012 (Co-authored with Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Member for Kooyong) The Prime Minister’s emergency forum on childcare affordability last week was a last-minute attempt to get the politics, not the policy, right. Julia Gillard may be concerned about the 11 per cent increase in childcare fees this year, but…