Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Bankstown Relay for Life

The Bankstown Relay for Life is now in its seventh year. Last year we raised $82,000 and this year we hope to exceed that. Thanks to the generosity of the Bankstown Sports Club, the M5 Motorway, the Canterbury League Club and others, we have already hit $55,000. This is an... read more...


Aviation Legislation Amendment (2008 Measures No. 1) Bill 2008: Second Reading

By 19 October 2001, the minister had announced new measures to protect air security, including placing air security officers on domestic and international flights. The air security officer program commenced in December 2001, with air security officers deployed to fly on... read more...


Aviation Legislation Amendment (International Airline Licences and Carriers' Liability Insurance) Bill 2008: Second Reading

Secondly, it will amend Australia's system of mandatory airline insurance to streamline the administrative process and grant the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, CASA, improved powers to audit and enforce compliance with the scheme. The system of international airline... read more...


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...


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 people... read more...


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...


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...