Appropriations Bills

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I also rise to speak on the appropriations bills before us. These appropriations bills, of course, form this year’s federal budget. They were not just a missed opportunity but irresponsible given the economic situation that we find ourselves in. Our high-level numbers still look reasonably healthy in unemployment and growth prospects, but these…

Aged care motion

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise also to speak on the Member for Shortland’s motion, which concerns the aged-care package. This motion concerns an important but challenging policy area—that of aged care. It is important because already one million people use or receive aged care services, and this will grow to about 3.5 million people by…

Schools in Knox hold Mock Parliament

Students from St Joseph’s Primary School, Bayswater Primary School, Kent Park Primary School and Bayswater West Primary School were visited by the PEO as well as Alan Tudge to learn about how the Australian Parliament works. The PEO coordinated a mock parliament with students at each school where students were given the opportunity to participate…

Murray Rose – Condolence Motion

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  We’d had legends before like Boy Charlton and Frank Beaurepaire and Fanny Durack, but they did not capture the public mood in the same way.  It was the right moment for a whole group of athletes and the right moment for Melbourne.  I don’t think Melbourne was ever the same again.” Journalist…

Government must step up to attract top teachers

PUBLISHED ON THE DRUM May 7, 2012 The introduction of minimum standards for teacher education courses is urgent. Entrance scores have collapsed as revealed by a government report on university offers released last week: 6.5 per cent of offers were made to students with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of below 50. A further 15 per…

Boronia CWA celebrates its 75th birthday

The Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, joined with members and friends of the Boronia CWA to celebrate their 75th birthday today The Boronia Branch has a long and distinguished history.  It was formed in 1937 by the wife of the Boronia Postmaster, Mrs Duffield who held a meeting of fourteen women in her home…

Build different new bridges

The Prime Minister’s long-awaited school funding reforms outlined in the Gonski Review have been quietly shelved. The education ministers meeting last Thursday failed to endorse the reforms, with the Victorian Minister stating plainly that no substantial change will be happening anytime soon. After two years of work, it will back to the drawing board for…