Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2008: Second Reading

This bill is one of many steps this government is taking to ensure that. It is Australia's second comprehensive tax treaty with Japan. It will modernise the tax relationship between the two countries and will serve to facilitate trade and investment between Australia and... read more...


Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Schooling Requirements) Bill 2008: Second Reading

I am still a regular visitor to my old primary school. John Rice, the principal of that school, tells a very revealing story about the power of education. He tells me that 80 per cent of the children who turn up at kindergarten every year can barely read or write. A few of... read more...


Economy

The author of this MPI, the member for Wentworth, knows a lot about undermining confidence and putting jobs at risk-more particularly, putting one job at risk; that is, the Leader of the Opposition. But the party that he belongs to is responsible for a lot more than that. They... read more...


Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008: Second Reading

I have to tell those school groups that this is not one of the most exciting debates that they will see in parliament today-that comes a little later, at 2 o'clock-but it is one of the most important, because the Trade Practices Act 1974 is one of the most important pieces... read more...


Forgotten Australians

Frank Golding is a Melbourne writer and academic. Frank grew up in an orphanage in Ballarat and he has a very different view of Father's Day. He says, ‘For children who grew up in institutions, Father's Day can be an extremely difficult day. They think of the father they never... read more...


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...