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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…