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  • MOTION OF CONDOLENCE - DEATH OF THE HON. EDWARD GOUGH WHITLAM AC QC
  • I rise today to offer my condolences to the Whitlam family but also to talk a little bit about an extraordinary contribution to our public life. A lot has been said today. This is one of the finest discussions that I have sat through in this parliament.
  • October 22, 2014

  • Lilley Family Day Care Services Face Funding Cuts
  • Two family day care services in Lilley are facing uncertainty as the Abbott Government slashes funding for early child care services. In the Abbott Government's first Budget, $1 billion in funding has been cut from early child care services. Of that $1 billion, $157 million will be slashed from family day care funding.
  • October 15, 2014

  • Article - Joe Hockey's budget is an assault on social justice
  • At around the 15 minute mark of Hockey’s budget night speech, I’d had enough. It wasn’t the fake economic emergency, the fiddled forecasts or the alleged debt burden, claimed in the name of fixing the budget for future generations. No, it was their undeclared class and generational war, so central to both the budget and the Commission of Audit’s report.
  • June 03, 2014

  • Article - The G20 needs Tony Abbott to take a strong lead
  • Amid a serious deterioration in relations with Indonesia, concerning decisions on Israeli settlements at the UN, and a curious performance by our new prime minister at CHOGM, Australia is about to take on the role of chair of the G20. It is not the ideal environment to do so. Regardless, we need to make the most of this significant opportunity.
  • November 30, 2013