Condolence Motion for Sir Zelman Cowan

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise to add my comments to the condolences that we have heard today and yesterday on the passing of Sir Zelman Cowan on 8 December last year, the day that marked the 34th anniversary of his swearing in as Australia’s 19th Governor-General in 1977. Sir Zelman was a true giant in…

Reducing Small Business Compliance Burden

Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member for Aston, has called on the Gillard government to reduce small business red tape whilst speaking in the Parliament this week. Mr Tudge said, “The Coalition understands two things in relation to small business. The first is that small business is indeed the backbone of our economy and the second…

Support for CyberKnife Cancer Treatment

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise tonight to express my support for the introduction into Australia of a new cancer treatment called CyberKnife. This is a remarkable technology that has the capacity to save or improve the lives of hundreds of people who are suffering from cancer. In short, it provides a more targeted radiotherapy treatment…

Reducing Small Business Compliance Burden

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on the Excise Amendment (Reducing Business Compliance Burden) Bill 2011 to express my support for its measures. We on this side of the House understand two things in relation to small business. The first is that small business is indeed the backbone of our economy. It employs millions…

A new deal for remote Indigenous Australians

PUBLISHED IN THE IPA REVIEW (Vol 63/4)There is a tacit deal for remote Indigenous Australians that is not working. Indigenous Australians have been supported for the last 40 years just to exist in a place of their choice, as a guilt-ridden nation’s act of compensation for past mistreatment. Low requirements of participation in education and…

The Industrial logjam holding our children back

PUBLISHED IN THE AUSTRALIAN:  While the change in Parliamentary Speaker was drowning other news, the Gillard government quietly dropped its promised teacher bonus scheme. Axing this clumsy add-on to the existing teacher salary structures was sensible, but the principle of merit pay remains essential to improving our schools. Wholesale reform is required. The existing system…

Mining Tax

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise today to also speak on the mining tax bills that are before us. I do not wish to go over all the material, which previous coalition members have spoken on, but I would like to associate myself with many of the comments that the coalition speakers made today and yesterday.…

Indigenous incarceration

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on Dr Leigh’s motion concerning the increasing incarceration rates of Australian citizens, and particularly those of Indigenous Australians. This issue is an important one. The figures quoted in the motion are alarming and should make all Australians, particularly policy makers, stop, think and reflect. The Australian incarceration rate…

We remember them and welcome you

Federal Member for Aston, Mr Alan Tudge MP, attended and spoke at a Citizenship Ceremony held on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2010, to celebrate with 118 Knox residents who pledged their commitment to Australia, to become Australian Citizens. The Mayor, Cr Joe Cossari and Wurundjeri Elder, Doreen Garvey-Wandin, warmly welcomed the candidates and State Member…