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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Cabramatta

Cabramatta is facing another challenge in the coming year. The planned southern Sydney freight line will run right through the middle of the town. It is a very important piece of infrastructure for Sydney and the country. It will help get freight off Sydney's roads, but it... read more...


Guarantee Scheme for Large Deposits and Wholesale Funding Appropriation Bill 2008: Second Reading

We are very keen to see the back of it and we are keen for the opposition's support so that the working people of Australia know that when they enter their workplace they are entitled to fair wages and conditions that will not be stripped away because of laws that are passed... read more...


Adjournment: Blaxland Electorate: Remembrance Day

He never stops. The other day when I spoke to him he was very upset. The doctor had told him he had to get a pacemaker. He told me: ‘I don't have time for an operation. I've got too much to do.' What he was doing was organising the dedication of a monument to the 7th... read more...


Kokoda Trail

This was our darkest hour, the time of our greatest peril and our greatest generation. The first among them were men who stood tall in the mountains of the Owen Stanley Range. Our official war history, penned by Colonel F. Kingsley Norris, contains a stirring description of... read more...


National Rental Affordability Scheme Bill 2008; National Rental Affordability Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008: Second Reading

Governments have been taking unprecedented actions to arrest the crisis. The global financial crisis has dominated the nightly news. It makes for bleak watching, with boards of prices in the red, downhill graphs that represent quantifiable losses, stockbrokers shouting into... read more...


Economy

We did not create this problem-Australia did not create this problem; the problem started in the United States-but we are better prepared than most countries in the world to cope with it, due in part to a budget that we put together in May and due to the work of previous... read more...


Anti-Poverty Week

Philosopher Eli Khamarov said, ‘Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.' It is a punishment that is particularly unfair for children who grow up in poverty. In 2006, 9.7 million children under five died around the world. Each year, 400,000 children in our own... read more...


Blaxland Electorate: Bankstown Children's Festival

The festival represents everything that Bankstown is about: a proud home to people from over 130 different countries who speak more than 60 different languages and a cosmopolitan and cohesive community where being Australian is not about where you come from but where you are... read more...


Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008: Second Reading

Our society has already answered the philosophical question of whether or not we support organ donation. As the previous speaker said, over 90 per cent of Australians support organ donation. I am one of them. The problem is bridging the gap between those who support it and... read more...


Budget

10,000 people lost their homes last year. They understand what 10 increases in the cash rate means, and they certainly understand the problem that that creates. The plagiarism gaffe is another example along a similar line. I do not criticise the shadow Treasurer for being... read more...