Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I rise also to speak on the Higher Education Support Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2011. This bill does four things. Firstly, it updates the maximum public funds allocated to fund Commonwealth supported places as a result of projected increases in enrolments of Commonwealth supported students in Australian universities. Secondly, it provides for…

Child abuse and child neglect

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: This evening I would like to raise what I consider to be a national tragedy: the growing number of children in our society who suffer from child abuse and child neglect. The figures are staggering: 286,000 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect occurred in 2009-10. That is up from 115,000 just…

‘Every Australian Counts’ campaign to support the National Disability Insurance Scheme

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: This morning I attended the Every Australian Counts breakfast here at Parliament House. The Every Australian Counts campaign is in support of the concept of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The scheme has the potential to revolutionise the funding and support provided to people with disabilities. I formally pledged my support for…

Praise for Scoresby Football Club success

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: I take this opportunity to congratulate the Scoresby Football Club on their outstanding success this year. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to see some of the Eastern Football League’s, EFL grand finals at the Bayswater oval. This is the biggest day in the EFL calendar for one of the biggest leagues…

Parliamentary Budget Office

I rise to contribute to this very important debate in relation to the Parliamentary Service Amendment (Parliamentary Budget Officer) Bill 2011 and the particular amendments which we are moving now. This is an incredibly important debate, and of course it is only occurring because of the actions of the coalition and in particular the actions…

Education needs a Revolution

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  The government’s so-called education revolution is not working. The international PISA survey of students’ academic achievements show that Australia is going backwards in some subjects and is standing still in others.  The NAPLAN results released last week confirm this: almost half of the 20 categories of results showed declines since 2008. We…