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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Media

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...


Local Hero wins National Apology

This has come about after the hard work of local Georges Hall resident Leonie Sheedy. From her smalloffice in Chapel Road Bankstown, Leonie has been campaigning for the last nine years to bring the plight ofForgotten Australians to national attention. "Leonie's... read more...


Fireworks ban a win for Bankstown

In May this year, Mr Clare and Mr Stewart lobbied the ACT Government to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public. "This is a great win for our local community. "Illegal fireworks are a huge problem for our local area and most of them are purchased in the ACT," Mr... read more...


Victory in the Pacific Day Celebrations - Cabravale Park

Today we gather in remembrance. We gather to remember the day Australia and the world emerged from 6 years of darkness. ‘The war is over'. 4 simple words from Prime Minister Chifley that triggered an outpouring of joyous celebration. Our forebears rejoiced in the street.... read more...


A test of Turnbull's leadership

Sunday Telegraph, 08/08/2009 I feel sorry for Malcolm Turnbull. He's got a tougher job than Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations. It will be easier to get the world to agree to tackle climate change than the Opposition. There are some Opposition MPs who... read more...


New Jobs and New Places at Georges Manor

"This is an exciting project. It employs 40 people in the construction phase and will mean up to 70 new jobs for our community in the long-term. It also makes more places available for older residents," Mr Clare said. "Australia's aging population creates new opportunities... read more...