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…

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…

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…

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…

Teach for Australia initiative

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA: I would like to make some brief remarks about Teach for Australia, which, as you may be aware, Mr Deputy Speaker Slipper, is an outstanding initiative that targets top non-teacher graduates and places them in, typically, disadvantaged schools. This initiative is based on very successful models in the United States and the…