Federal Budget 2014

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on these appropriation bills. There are three things I would like to outline in the time I have available. Firstly, I would like to outline the rationale for the budget and what we are hoping to achieve through the decisions that the government has made. Secondly, I would like…

Speech on Matter of Public Importance debate

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  This opposition party is living in a parallel universe. Not only have they not realised that they created an absolute financial mess that we are trying to get control of; they also come in here and have been lecturing us all day about our election commitments and our supposed breaches of them…

Increased Indigenous Employment Participation

HON ALAN TUDGE MP PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE PRIME MINISTER   Second Reading The Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014   Mr TUDGE (Aston—Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister): The Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014 is an important bill because it is about one of the most important…

A change in government changes the country

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2013-2014, Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2013-2014 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014. May I start with commending the member for Higgins for that fine contribution, in particular for pointing out some of the myths in relation to Labor’s claims that…

Speech at the National Apology Breakfast

HON ALAN TUDGE MP PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE PRIME MINISTER GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Sydney: Thank you Mr McMullen for your warm welcome. I would like to pay my respects to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet: the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. Thank you Mr Allen Madden for your warm welcome to country.…

Support for Cape York Welfare Reform trial

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on one particular aspect of the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013—that is, the continuing income management as part of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial, which is a cost of $4.2 million over two years. This is one measure among a number of measures. I have…

Carbon tax hitting Knox manufacturers

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The carbon tax impacts my electorate more than many because it has such a large manufacturing base. Many of the manufacturers in my electorate are doing it tough. So I use this opportunity to implore the Labor Party to honour our election mandate—and, indeed, to honour their own promise—and back the scrapping of…

East-West Link needed to ease Knox traffic congestion

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I welcome the opportunity to debate this motion put forward by the member for Throsby. The essence of this motion is that the federal government should prioritise urban rail projects, three in particular in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, above its traditional infrastructure responsibilities for major roads, highways, airports, bridges and national rail networks.…

Looking Ahead: My Priorities for Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: This is the last week of the 43rd parliament and possibly the last time that I will have the opportunity to speak in this House before the election. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Aston for the honour they bestowed upon me in 2010 to be…