First meeting of Youth Mental Health Committee

The Youth Mental Health Committee met for the first time last night at Alan Tudge’s office in Wantirna South. The Committee will undertake an important role in the campaign for better youth mental health services in the outer east according to local Federal Member for Aston, Alan Tudge MP. “The establishment of a Youth Mental…

Knox Red Shield Appeal launch at Knox City

The Knox Red Shield Appeal officially launched it’s campaign seeking volunteers to help to raise funds on Red Shield Appeal day 28-29 May, 2011 at Knox City this week. Major Merv Lincoln, Commanding Officer of the Ferntree Gully Corps of the Salvation Army, and Alan Tudge MP, Federal Member of Aston and Chairman of the…

Condolence motion: Lionel Rose

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I also rise to support the condolence motion for the late Mr Lionel Rose, and I would like to associate myself with some of the comments of the previous speakers, including Mr Hunt and Mr Broadbent, who I have just listened to here. I am sorry I did not get to hear some…

Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise to speak on the Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011. As you would be aware, Mr Deputy Speaker, this bill arises out of the recommendations of the Productivity Commission report into executive remuneration. It reported on 4 January 2010, and this bill aims to implement its…

Catholic Schools funding under threat

PARLIAMENT, CANBERRA:  I rise to express my concern in relation to Catholic school funding and the direction in which the government is likely to be taking the school funding regime post the expiration of the existing Schools Assistance Act. I am particularly concerned about the Catholic schools which are deemed to be ‘funding maintained’. This…

Too Many Lives Lost to Depression

PUBLISHED IN THE ‘ROWVILLE-LYSTERFIELD COMMUNITY NEWS’.    “If we can prevent just one suicide, it will be worth all of our effort.”  This was the powerful message of Pauline Renzow at the Youth Mental Health Public Forum earlier this month. A participant at the Forum, this courageous Rowville resident spoke about losing two of her sons…