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…

Motion on Newstart allowance

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Why are we debating this motion today and this year? Why are business leaders calling for Newstart to go up today? Why are some welfare agencies calling for Newstart to go up today? Why given that Newstart has not changed that much over the last few years but has been indexed according…

Gambling reform

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  It is very easy as an Independent to take the moral high ground on gambling issues with some simple propositions, as the member for Lyne has outlined in this motion. But it is frequently more complex than what the Independents would have you believe. As the member for Lyne would be only…

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…