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…

Coptic Christianity in Egypt

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Coptic Christianity in Egypt is one of the most remarkable religious and cultural traditions of the world. This ethno-religious group reaches back 2,000 years to the time of the apostles. The Christian Copts once formed the majority of Egypt’s population. Today they are a vulnerable minority in a predominantly Muslim country. Last…

Development in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  My electorate of Aston in outer eastern melbourne is a beautiful electorate, made up of suburban family homes and leafy streets. It is the nature of the suburbs which makes it so attractive for families. But the nature of the community is under threat by medium- and sometimes even high-density housing that is getting…

The Carbon Tax Challenge

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: There is a manufacturing business called Vicpole in Bayswater on the edge of my electorate. It is a very successful business which has been manufacturing for over 20 years now. It manufactures street poles, street bollards and other street furniture. It employs about 40 people, many of whom have been working in…

Tudge welcomes Rowville Rail feasibility study

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I would like to update the House on the Rowville rail link proposal. As many members of the House will know, this is something I have been promoting for some time. Rowville, is in the bottom section of the Aston electorate. Last Sunday, there was an announcement by the state government that the…

Federal budget 2011-12

I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-2012 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2011-12, which implement the Gillard government’s budget for this year. I note the passionate comments of the member for Berowra, who spoke just before me. In my address this evening I want…

Three Year Old Kinder Under Threat

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I would like to raise an important issue that is affecting thousands of young families in our community, and that is the progressive destruction of three-year-old kindergartens which is occurring in Victoria and possibly in other states. It is occurring because of a policy of the Gillard government, which like so many other…