National School Chaplaincy Program

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA: Mr TUDGE (Aston) (10.49 am)—In 2007 the Howard government introduced a new, school based program called the National School Chaplaincy Program. This program provides up to $60,000 over three years to each school to enable them to employ a school chaplain at their school. The program has been, as you may be…

Rowville Rail project

A little over a week ago a significant announcement was made in my electorate by the Victorian transport minister—that is, that the Rowville rail feasibility study would soon be underway. The Rowville rail project has been talked about for decades, but we have never got traction on it and now we finally will. With a…

Gillard’s Flood Tax

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (1.23 pm)—I rise to oppose the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 and the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011, and I do so as a member of an outer metropolitan seat in Melbourne in which families and members of the community…

Australian Natural Disasters

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (7.03 pm)—I rise to support the motion of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition with regard to the recent floods and other natural disasters throughout Australia, including my own state of Victoria. This summer, more than any other in memory, has wrought devastation throughout our nation…

Rowville Railway extension

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (10.21 pm)—In question time on Thursday, 28 October the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport was asked questions about the Moreton Bay rail link in Brisbane and the Epping to Parramatta rail link in Sydney. In the minister’s response, he outlined the reasons that the federal government decided to make…

Stud Road bus lane

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (10.36 am)—In the newsletter I sent to my constituents in October, I asked for their views on the Stud Road bus lane. Stud Road is the only north-south road that travels through the city of Knox, and as such it is a very important arterial connecting our community. The…

National Curriculum

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (12.29 pm)—I rise to second the motion moved by the honourable member for Sturt. We are calling on the government to delay the implementation of the national curriculum for the simple reason that it is not ready. And don’t just believe me or Mr Pyne in this assessment but…

Voluntary Student Unionism

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA:  Mr TUDGE (Aston) (6.48 pm)—I rise to speak on the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010 having been a student leader myself back in the early nineties, having worked with Dr Nelson in the early 2000s—in 2005, if I recall correctly—to abolish compulsory student union fees and as a…