Chelsea accepts School Captain role at Wantirna Heights

Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston, attended a special presentation ceremony at Wantirna Heights School today, to congratulate Chelsea Haag for being chosen as School Captain. Mr Tudge said that Chelsea had been chosen because of her leadership qualities that are a credit to her. Chelsea is the first female School Captain at Wantirna Heights School. Wantirna Heights…

Preschool and Child Care policies

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  This evening I would like to raise two issues which concern young families. The first is the policies relating to preschools, which are causing three-year-old preschools across Victoria to close down as we speak. The second is childcare centre policies, which are putting up the costs of child care right across Australia.…

Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to support the Social Security Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2011 and the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011. This is important legislation because it concerns the most disadvantaged people in our society of Australia, and that…

Appropriations Bill – Cost of Living

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I also rise to speak on the appropriations bills which are in front of us. I would like to use the opportunity, if I may, to discuss three important national issues which are confronting my electorate. My electorate is in suburban Melbourne. It is very much a middle income electorate, 15 or…

Rising Childcare costs

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise to express my concern about changes that the government has made to childcare under the “National Quality Framework”. As of 1 Jan this year, childcare operators had to reduce their staff:child ratios from 5:1 to 4:1.  The impact of this has been to dramatically increase the cost of childcare to…