Wild Rivers

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Earlier today we rightly reflected upon the life of Dame Margaret Whitlam, who tragically passed away quite recently. In doing so, we also reflected upon the life of her husband, Gough Whitlam. When you think about Gough Whitlam and some of the enduring images of his tenure as Prime Minister, one of those…

Classification Amendment R 18+

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise this afternoon to speak on the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (R 18+ Computer Games) Bill 2012. I would like to say at the outset that this is a bill which I have spent considerable time thinking about, and I have had great difficulty in coming to a…

Voluntary Student Unionism

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: This year students went back to university to discover that a condition of continuing their studies was a compulsory student services and amenities fee of up to $263. They did not have to pay that fee last year because it was voluntary, as it was for the six years before that. This…

90 Second Statement on Education

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  One reason for the decline in the number of students studying maths and science is a paucity of maths and science teachers. So it is a great concern to learn that stifling bureaucracy is preventing some truly outstanding graduates from teaching maths and science. Let me give you three examples. Firstly, Justin…

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.…