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…

Youth Mental Health Petition

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise tonight to table a very important petition. This petition which I have in front of me has over 10,000 signatures—10,284 to be precise. This makes it the second-largest petition in my electorate which covers the Knox area in outer-eastern Melbourne. I launched this petition with Pauline Renzow, a local resident, a…

Schools Assistance Amendment Bill 2011

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA: I rise to speak on the Schools Assistance Amendment Bill 2011. This Bill removes the requirement that the national curriculum for the non-government schools must be implemented by 2012. The practical effects of the bill will be, in essence, to do what the Coalition has been asking of the government since last November,…

BORONIA DEVELOPMENT

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  Last month I sent a brochure and a survey to residents of Boronia in my electorate. I received hundreds of responses to the survey. The biggest local issue that was raised concerned high-rise developments in the area of Boronia. Under the present guidelines, buildings of up to 11 metres, could be built in…

Motion: Early Childhood Education

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on this motion which concerns early childhood education. I am the mover of this particular motion. This is an important motion that I hope will get the full support of this parliament. It is so important because it concerns the viability of three-year-old kindergartens in Victoria. In short, if…

Long Tan: Vietnam Veterans’ Day

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA: I rise today to speak about the Vietnam War and to thank our war veterans on this important day, Long Tan Day. As you would be aware, Long Tan Day commemorates a battle that occurred on 18 August 1966. In this battle Delta Company 6RAR, which consisted of 105 Australian men and three…