The Future of Online Tertiary Education

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  Our higher education sector is set for a massive transformation whether we like it or not. Just as the newspaper and retailing industries are facing huge disruptions due to the internet so too will the education sector. It will be immensely challenging to existing institutions, but potentially hugely beneficial to Australians. The…

Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  We have sat here for 15 minutes listening to the member for Moreton, but he barely, if at all, discussed any reason as to why the government are cutting the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, which is the central focus of this bill, the Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012. I think the reason…

Preserving Indigenous Languages

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:  I rise to speak just very briefly on the report entitled Our land, our languages, which has been tabled. I would firstly like to commend the committee members of this report for taking the time in having hearings in many different places and putting together a very thorough and good report. I…

Helping not hindering – AUSTRALIAN CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS COMMISSION BILL 2012

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise also to speak on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012. Everyone in this House no doubt shares the view that charities and non-profits do vitally important work across the community. They run many of our great…