Increasing not decreasing childcare affordability

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I also rise this evening to speak against the Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Bill 2013. While the objectives of the bill may be sound, it has some deleterious consequences. The member who spoke very eloquently before me outlined many of them here this evening. Before I go into my concerns—and…

A new post office for Wellington Village

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  We need an additional post office in Wellington Village in Rowville in my electorate. This is just a few kilometres away from the Stud Park Post Office, but that post office is now almost at capacity and there is an enormous growth corridor out the Rowville direction down Wellington Road. I have…

Knox Honour Roll gathers support and funding

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Just over 12 months ago, I launched in conjunction with the major veterans and services organisations a campaign to build an honour roll in the Knox municipality to honour those fallen servicemen and servicewomen from the past. It is something which is missing in our community presently. This will be an honour…

The way forward for Indigenous Education

PALRIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Amendment Bill 2013. In some respects this is a non controversial bill because all it does is extend for a further year the funding of three particular initiatives. So the Coalition will not be opposing this bill, but I do have some concerns…