Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Statements by Members: Blaxland Electorate: Homelessness

A few months ago he invited me for dinner at the refuge. Every man there has a different story. Some have chronic gambling problems. Others have just been released from Villawood detention centre and cannot work while they are awaiting determination of their cases. One young... read more...


Adjournment: Mortgage Crisis Support

More families are losing their homes in my electorate than anywhere else in the country. Last year 300 families lost their homes. On current predictions, three families lose their homes every day in my electorate. How can I help in a real, practical way? How can I help... read more...


Statements by Members: Mrs Anna Cecchin; Mr Norman White

In 1945 she moved to Yagoona, and she has lived there ever since. During the Second World War, Anna worked in the Arnott's factory and produced biscuits for the Army ration packs. Her late husband, Victor, served with the Australian Army and lived a long and fruitful life,... read more...


Adjournment: Education

  This is as true of Australia today as it was of 19th century England. We have a mandate to revolutionise education in this country, and tonight I want to commend the government's first steps. Our first steps, after all, are the most important. This is where the education... read more...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail (M5 Question)

My electorate will welcome this because of the assistance it will provide in making it easier to get to and from the city. I think it will also help with the movement of freight between the airport and Western Sydney. I also place on record my view that more work needs to be... read more...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail

My office and I have, because of my interest in this area, received a number of complaints and calls of concern about mortgage brokers from not only residents in my electorate but also people outside of my electorate. One young lady contacted my office a couple of weeks ago... read more...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail

I expressed concern to you at that time that that this was predatory behaviour and that there was a risk that some people were being ripped off in the process, whereby these companies were looking to buy the houses of individuals who were in a vulnerable position at less... read more...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail

I recently met with Tony Devlin, who runs counselling for the Salvation Army, and he made the point that, whereas four years ago 10 per cent of their clientele were people with mortgages, suffering housing stress, it is now in the order of 40 per cent, which helps to explain... read more...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail

Turning first to early learning, I note that there is $2.4 billion in funding over the next five years for early childhood education. In particular, I am interested in the $500-odd million over five years for universal access to preschool, providing every four-year-old in... read more...


Adjournment: Blaxland Electorate: Cabramatta Public School

Cabramatta Public School is one of those hidden gems of the public education system. The kids are smart and the teachers are dedicated. Many teachers are wary when they are posted there and then they fall in love with the place and never want to leave. I told the boys and... read more...