Celebrating the Year of the Snake

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Yesterday, as you would be aware, hundreds of thousands of Australians and hundreds of millions of people across the world celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year—the Year of the Snake. This is a very special occasion for Chinese people everywhere. Yesterday and on Saturday I caught up with many Chinese Australians in…

The Importance of Small Business

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Could I start my remarks today with a congratulations to the Labor Party for at least being able to get two out of three of their members who have a small business background to speak on this matter which concerns small business. So congratulations to the Labor Party, because it must have…

Condemning the Federal Government health cuts

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to condemn in the strongest possible terms the federal government’s cut of $107 million to the Victorian health system. In my own electorate of Aston, local residents will suffer because, as a result of these cuts, Eastern Health has been forced to announce that they will reduce services at Wantirna…

National Gambling Reform Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to also speak on the National Gambling Reform Bill 2012 and the two other bills before us. I say at the outset that I am not a huge fan of pokies. In fact, I have great difficulty with them because of their social consequences, their impact on many people within…