Speeches

Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 1) 2008-2009; Appropriation (Nation Building and Jobs) Bill (No. 2) 2008-2009; Household Stimulus Package Bill 2009; Tax Bonus for Working Australians Bill 2009; Tax Bonus for Working Australians (Consequ

There are two options: the merchant banker model and the government model. The merchant banker model says: ‘Let the market take its course. The market will fix itself. Capitalism got us into this mess and it will get us out-sure, a few people will suffer along the way but a... read more...


Fair Work Bill 2008: Second Reading

The Fair Work Bill restores fairness and balance to the workplace. It provides a safety net of 10 minimum employment standards that cannot be stripped away. It provides all employees with protection from unfair dismissal. It protects low-paid workers. It restores the right... read more...


Nation-Building Funds Bill 2008; Nation-Building Funds (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008; Coag Reform Fund Bill 2008: Second Reading

It was said of Caesar Augustus that he found Rome brick and left it marble. It can be said of Gough Whitlam that he found the outer suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane unsewered and left them flush. There was a lot happening around that time, but I think it is telling... read more...


Vietnamese Australians

Blaxland is one of the most culturally diverse places in Australia. It is home to people from more than 130 different countries. More Vietnamese Australians live here than anywhere else in the country-more than 17,000, many in Cabramatta and Bankstown-infusing the community... read more...


Cabramatta

Cabramatta is facing another challenge in the coming year. The planned southern Sydney freight line will run right through the middle of the town. It is a very important piece of infrastructure for Sydney and the country. It will help get freight off Sydney's roads, but it... read more...


Guarantee Scheme for Large Deposits and Wholesale Funding Appropriation Bill 2008: Second Reading

We are very keen to see the back of it and we are keen for the opposition's support so that the working people of Australia know that when they enter their workplace they are entitled to fair wages and conditions that will not be stripped away because of laws that are passed... read more...


Adjournment: Blaxland Electorate: Remembrance Day

He never stops. The other day when I spoke to him he was very upset. The doctor had told him he had to get a pacemaker. He told me: ‘I don't have time for an operation. I've got too much to do.' What he was doing was organising the dedication of a monument to the 7th... read more...


Kokoda Trail

This was our darkest hour, the time of our greatest peril and our greatest generation. The first among them were men who stood tall in the mountains of the Owen Stanley Range. Our official war history, penned by Colonel F. Kingsley Norris, contains a stirring description of... read more...


National Rental Affordability Scheme Bill 2008; National Rental Affordability Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2008: Second Reading

Governments have been taking unprecedented actions to arrest the crisis. The global financial crisis has dominated the nightly news. It makes for bleak watching, with boards of prices in the red, downhill graphs that represent quantifiable losses, stockbrokers shouting into... read more...


Economy

We did not create this problem-Australia did not create this problem; the problem started in the United States-but we are better prepared than most countries in the world to cope with it, due in part to a budget that we put together in May and due to the work of previous... read more...