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…

Parliamentary Budget Office

I rise to contribute to this very important debate in relation to the Parliamentary Service Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2011 and the particular amendments which we are moving now. This is an incredibly important debate, and of course it is only occurring because of the actions of the coalition and in particular the actions…

Education needs a Revolution

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  The government’s so-called education revolution is not working. The international PISA survey of students’ academic achievements show that Australia is going backwards in some subjects and is standing still in others.  The NAPLAN results released last week confirm this: almost half of the 20 categories of results showed declines since 2008. We…

Manufacturing and Carbon Tax

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA: We have just had a 15-minute speech by the Member for Lindsay on a matter of public importance which concerns the carbon tax’s impact on our manufacturing sector. The Member for Lindsay talked about the payroll tax and the land tax. Even Work Choices came up. He talked about the Coalition’s policies, but…