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…

DayHab opens the door to affordable treatment

DayHab has officially opened its doors offering affordable, addiction treatment from its centre in Upper Ferntree Gully. Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, officially cut the ribbon at the front entrance announcing DayHab as “open for business”. DayHab is an addiction treatment centre that aims to provide accessible and high quality programs at an…

Carbon Tax Alarms Scoresby Manufacturer

A Scoresby medical device manufacturer, Austramedex, is one of dozens of manufacturers in Knox who are gravely concerned about job losses due to the Government’s carbon tax. Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP, visited Austramedex on Friday to understand the issues. Managing Director of Austramedex, Mr Barry Lazarus, informed Mr Tudge that manufacturing is…

Higher Education Support Amendment (Demand Driven Funding System and Other Measures) Bill 2011

I rise to speak on the Higher Education Support Amendment (Demand Driven Funding System and Other Measures) Bill 2011. The bill does four things. Firstly, it removes the restrictions on the number of undergraduate Commonwealth supported places that Australian universities are able to offer. Secondly, it abolishes the student learning entitlement. Thirdly, it requires universities…

Believe it or not, economists have been wrong before

PUBLISHED IN THE PUNCH:  In this country we are blessed with some outstanding economists. But can they be collectively wrong? The Gillard Government thinks not. They claim that no economist is backing the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan, which therefore proves that it is the wrong policy. Case closed. Gillard’s claim is false: there are economists…

Gambling Your House Away

ARTICLE IN THE ROWVILLE-LYSTERFIELD COMMUNITY NEWS: As an MP, you sometimes get constituents in your office whose stories blow your mind and set you on a course you never expected. This was the case when a young, unemployed Wantirna man came to see me in early March. The young man was given $80,000 in credit…

Youth Suicide

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  As a member of parliament you sometimes have stories told to you by constituents which are utterly heartbreaking and literally have you in tears in your office. This was certainly the case when Mr Praveen Ranjan came to see me with his brother last Friday. He informed me that in mid-May he…

Online Gambling

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I would like to raise an issue that I have recently had brought to my attention that I believe needs to be addressed by the Northern Territory parliament or, if it fails to do so, then by this parliament. The issue relates to online gambling and specifically the ability of online gambling…