Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise also to speak on the Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011. This bill does four things. Firstly, it updates the maximum public funds allocated to fund Commonwealth supported places as a result of projected increases in enrolments of Commonwealth supported students in Australian universities. Secondly, it provides for…

Child abuse and child neglect

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: This evening I would like to raise what I consider to be a national tragedy: the growing number of children in our society who suffer from child abuse and child neglect. The figures are staggering: 286,000 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect occurred in 2009-10. That is up from 115,000 just…

Count down to VCE exams

Year 12 students from Fairhills High School enjoyed a celebratory breakfast BBQ at the Tim Neville Arboretum in Ferntree Gully, before the commencement of their final exams. Principal, Mr Harvey Wood and teachers cooked pancakes and bacon and eggs for the students, who used the social occasion as one of the last times they would…

‘Every Australian Counts’ campaign to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: This morning I attended the Every Australian Counts breakfast here at Parliament House. The Every Australian Counts campaign is in support of the concept of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The scheme has the potential to revolutionise the funding and support provided to people with disabilities. I formally pledged my support for…

Praise for Scoresby Football Club success

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I take this opportunity to congratulate the Scoresby Football Club on their outstanding success this year. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to see some of the Eastern Football League’s, EFL grand finals at the Bayswater oval. This is the biggest day in the EFL calendar for one of the biggest leagues…