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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…