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…

Headspace Centre coming to Knox

A Headspace Centre will be soon be opening in the old Centrelink building at Knox Ozone. This was confirmed today by the Federal Government and is the culmination of a 15 month campaign spearheaded by Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP. Mr Tudge said he was ecstatic with the decision. “I am very excited…

Rev. Lawrence Turnbull

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Just in the short minute or so that we have remaining, I would like to inform the House today that a very significant man in our local community passed away a couple of weeks ago, the Rev. Lawrence Turnbull. He was the minister at the Holy Name Church in Vermont South as well…

Knox Sporting Infrastructure

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Sport is a massive part of our culture. We watch it, we follow it and we participate in it in great numbers. In my electorate of Aston we participate in all types of sport in enormous numbers. It is one of the real strengths of our community, because big sporting clubs, in…

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: There is a long list of terrible programs introduced by this appalling government: pink batts, green loans, $700 set-top boxes, cash for clunkers—I could go on. But the program which underpins and is proposed by this Clean Energy Finance Corporation Bill 2012 in front of us today would have to be right…

Coastal Shipping Reform

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise to speak against these shipping reform bills, the Shipping Reform (Tax Incentives) Bill 2012 and related bills. I do so because they are fundamentally protectionist in nature and will increase the cost of shipping, which will then flow through to almost every product in our society. It is important that…