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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Media

Bring back that special Sunday afternoon in Spring

Sunday Telegraph, 04/10/09 Last Friday something terrible happened to me. On the eve of the big game between the Bulldogs and the Eels, I was accused by another Sydney newspaper of being a dogs fan. Now the Bulldogs are a great team, but they're not my team. I bleed blue... read more...


Get the help you need - Cabramatta Local Services Forum

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP and State Member for Cabramatta, Nick Lalich MP are working with the Vietnamese Community Association to host the first ‘Local Services Forum' in Cabramatta.The event will be at the Cabramatta PCYC, between 11am-2pm on Wednesday 14... read more...


St Charbel's College Silver Jubilee

St Charbel's is a very special place. It's a place where life begins and ends. A place of sacrament and service, and a place of learning. The students of St Charbel's learn more than just what is in a text book. They learn a way of life. A commitment the Maronite... read more...


Welcoming the Babies 2009

More than 500 people attended the inaugural ‘Welcoming the Babies' event at the Town Hall as part of the 2009 Children's Festival. Bankstown is the baby capital of Sydney with an estimated 2,700 babies born every year. Mums and dads received gift bags containing useful... read more...


Making Cities Work

Chifley Research Centre Website 24/09/2009 My first memory of politics is my mum and dad telling me Gough Whitlam sewered Western Sydney. It might seem odd today but it was a big issue in 1972. It improved the lives of a lot of people and the places where they lived. "It was... read more...


Social Security Amendment (National Green Jobs Corps Supplement) Bill 2009: Second Reading

The National Green Jobs Corps will commence on 1 January 2010, giving up to 10,000 young people the opportunity to develop green skills through 26 weeks of accredited training and work experience. This bill, the Social Security Amendment (National Green Jobs Corps... read more...


Welcoming the babies

Australia's fertility rate has fallen dramatically over the last 50 years. In 1961 the fertility rate was 3.5 children per woman. Today it stands at 1.9. As the second Intergenerational report, released in 2007, shows the drop in our fertility rate is one of the main factors... read more...


Rudd Government

I was surprised that the opposition consider that the matter of public importance that the Australian parliament should debate today is the history of the last 25 years. I would have thought that a recitation of history would be best placed somewhere else. What it shows is... read more...


Forgotten Australians – how would I feel if this were done to me?

Sunday Telegraph, 06/09/2009 Father's day is an important day. It's not just about getting the old man a new pair of socks or a new tie. It's a reminder (if we need one) of how important our dads are, and to thank them. But what's today like if you grew up without a father... read more...


Welcoming the Babies - A first for Bankstown

"Welcoming the Babies is a free family event to celebrate new births in ourcommunity, and say ‘thank you' to mums and dads for the important job they do,"said Mr Clare. "Every baby will be presented with a special certificate, gift bag and native tree. There will also be... read more...