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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Media

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...


Anti-Poverty Week

Philosopher Eli Khamarov said, ‘Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.' It is a punishment that is particularly unfair for children who grow up in poverty. In 2006, 9.7 million children under five died around the world. Each year, 400,000 children in our own... read more...


Blaxland Electorate: Bankstown Children's Festival

The festival represents everything that Bankstown is about: a proud home to people from over 130 different countries who speak more than 60 different languages and a cosmopolitan and cohesive community where being Australian is not about where you come from but where you are... read more...


Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Bill 2008: Second Reading

Our society has already answered the philosophical question of whether or not we support organ donation. As the previous speaker said, over 90 per cent of Australians support organ donation. I am one of them. The problem is bridging the gap between those who support it and... read more...


Budget

10,000 people lost their homes last year. They understand what 10 increases in the cash rate means, and they certainly understand the problem that that creates. The plagiarism gaffe is another example along a similar line. I do not criticise the shadow Treasurer for being... read more...


Australian Hearing Centre

That is more than in almost any other electorate in Australia. We have allocated money in the budget to start planning work to duplicate the M5 East tunnel; opened a family relationship centre in Bankstown to help local families; and provided $25 million to local councils,... read more...


First Home Saver Accounts (Further Provisions) Amendment Bill 2008; First Home Saver Account Providers Supervisory Levy Imposition Bill 2008: Second Reading

Ten years ago, as we have heard in this debate, the price of the average house across Australia was about four times the average income. Today, as we stand here, the price of the average home is now about 7½ times the average Australian wage, and in some parts of Australia... read more...


International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2008: Second Reading

This bill is one of many steps this government is taking to ensure that. It is Australia's second comprehensive tax treaty with Japan. It will modernise the tax relationship between the two countries and will serve to facilitate trade and investment between Australia and... read more...


Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Legislation Amendment (Schooling Requirements) Bill 2008: Second Reading

I am still a regular visitor to my old primary school. John Rice, the principal of that school, tells a very revealing story about the power of education. He tells me that 80 per cent of the children who turn up at kindergarten every year can barely read or write. A few of... read more...


Economy

The author of this MPI, the member for Wentworth, knows a lot about undermining confidence and putting jobs at risk-more particularly, putting one job at risk; that is, the Leader of the Opposition. But the party that he belongs to is responsible for a lot more than that. They... read more...