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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Media

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...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail

I recently met with Tony Devlin, who runs counselling for the Salvation Army, and he made the point that, whereas four years ago 10 per cent of their clientele were people with mortgages, suffering housing stress, it is now in the order of 40 per cent, which helps to explain... read more...


Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009: Consideration in Detail

Turning first to early learning, I note that there is $2.4 billion in funding over the next five years for early childhood education. In particular, I am interested in the $500-odd million over five years for universal access to preschool, providing every four-year-old in... read more...


Adjournment: Blaxland Electorate: Cabramatta Public School

Cabramatta Public School is one of those hidden gems of the public education system. The kids are smart and the teachers are dedicated. Many teachers are wary when they are posted there and then they fall in love with the place and never want to leave. I told the boys and... read more...


National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) Bill 2008; National Fuelwatch (Empowering Consumers) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008: Second Reading

That is why the people of Blaxland will support this bill. As the minister said in his second reading speech, this bill will ‘put power back into the hands of Australian motorists'. It will help motorists buy the cheapest petrol at the cheapest petrol stations at the... read more...


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...