Headspace Centre to be established in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  I inform the House that a Headspace Centre will soon be established in the Knox area in my electorate, which is a terrific outcome. It is a combination of a more than 12-month-long campaign which I have spearheaded along with many other people in the local community. We have organised a 10,000-strong…

Reverend David Devine

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I would like to pay tribute to a man whom we are losing from the Knox community, the Reverend David Devine. For the last 15 years, Reverend Devine has been the pastor at the Rowville Baptist Church. Last Sunday, however, he announced that he would be stepping down from this role and…

Raising the bar in education

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise tonight to speak on raising the bar in education. In this Olympic year as we see countries vie to be the best in sport I want to say: why not in education? Our country has been prosperous, free and harmonious for such a long time that our children should be…

Rev. Lawrence Turnbull

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Just in the short minute or so that we have remaining, I would like to inform the House today that a very significant man in our local community passed away a couple of weeks ago, the Rev. Lawrence Turnbull. He was the minister at the Holy Name Church in Vermont South as well…

Clean Energy Finance Corporation

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: There is a long list of terrible programs introduced by this appalling government: pink batts, green loans, $700 set-top boxes, cash for clunkers—I could go on. But the program which underpins and is proposed by this Clean Energy Finance Corporation Bill 2012 in front of us today would have to be right…

Knox Sporting Infrastructure

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Sport is a massive part of our culture. We watch it, we follow it and we participate in it in great numbers. In my electorate of Aston we participate in all types of sport in enormous numbers. It is one of the real strengths of our community, because big sporting clubs, in…

Motion on Newstart allowance

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Why are we debating this motion today and this year? Why are business leaders calling for Newstart to go up today? Why are some welfare agencies calling for Newstart to go up today? Why given that Newstart has not changed that much over the last few years but has been indexed according…