Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Media

Birrong Girls High wins national award for excellence in education

Birrong Girls High School received national recognition and a share in over $1 million in prize money at the 2008 Australian Government National Awards for Quality Schooling. "The Australian Government is committed to building a world-class education system, and awards like... read more...


From Little Things Big Things Grow

During a recent visit for their "Return to School" day, Jason was shown a DVD made by students in 6A retelling the story of Vincent Lingiari and the Gurindji people. The DVD interpreted the lyrics of the song "From little things big things grow." "It was very moving.... read more...


Sydney Airport Demand Management Amendment Bill 2008: Second Reading

They create extra traffic and extra noise, which is why this bill and the act that it amends are so important. This bill comes out of a review by the Audit Office. The report found that elements of the Sydney Airport Demand Management Act are unclear and do not operate... read more...


Matters of Public Importance: Fuel Prices

They are divided over Kyoto. There are a few over there who still believe that climate change is a fantasy. They are divided over Work Choices. Many could not even bear to go into the chamber to vote on Work Choices. They are still divided over the apology. I seem to... read more...


Private Members' Business: Budget

We can throw statistics back and forth across this chamber tonight, arguing that one side is a better economic manager than the other, but ultimately this debate is not about statistics; it is about people. The fact is that a lot of Australians are doing it really tough at... read more...


Reserve Bank Amendment (Enhanced Independence) Bill 2008: Second Reading

This places the Governor and the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank on the same footing as the Commissioner of Taxation and the Australian Statistician, which is a good thing, consistent with the approach adopted by both sides of politics that the bank should be independent... read more...


Blaxland MP Honours Veteran

The medal was presented at the home of retired Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Pumpa in Yagoona as he was unable to attend the official presentation. The official presentation was held at Bankstown RSL on Thursday 17th April when Jason Clare and Daryl Melham presented medals to... read more...


Adjournment: Anzac Memorial Tour

Anzac Day is an important part of our national consciousness. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It was our baptism of fire. Those soldiers quickly became known as the Anzacs,... read more...


Matters of Public Importance: Workplace Relations

It will be a very great relief for the working people of my electorate of Blaxland, many of whom have suffered from these extreme and unfair workplace laws. I know this because everywhere I go, whether it is to a street stall, a railway station, a shopping centre or at the... read more...


Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2008; Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Repeal Bill 2008: Second Reading

We need to give our freight movers roads of the highest quality; we need to give our truck drivers rest stops to combat driver fatigue; we need to make the presence of heavy vehicles on the roads safer for the sake of truck drivers and, importantly, for all road users. We... read more...