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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Media

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 the... 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...


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, and... read more...


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...


Housing Affordability

(1) notes: (a) the pain being felt by Australian families struggling to pay off mortgages due to rising interest rates; (b) the failure of the previous government to heed the warnings of the Reserve Bank; and (c) the need for low cost home ownership and reduced entry costs... read more...


Infrastructure Australia Bill 2008: Second Reading

Developing a blueprint will be the easy part; the hard part will be implementation. It will require real leadership and real commitment. It will require a real increase in the investment that we place in physical infrastructure: road and rail, port infrastructure, energy,... read more...


Dental Health

‘There is no clearer indicator of socioeconomic status in Australia than the state of people's teeth.' Those are not my words; they are the words of Tony McBride, CEO of the Health Issues Centre. They are words that ring true, particularly in the electorate of Blaxland, and... read more...


Blaxland MP says no second airport at Bankstown

"Bankstown Airport is already one of the busiest airports in the world. There are already more than 350,000 movements a year, that's about 1000 movements a day," Mr Clare said. "In 2003 the Howard Government privatised Bankstown Airport. "In March 2005, the Howard... read more...