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Mistreatment of Asylum Seekers Must Stop

Posted June 15, 2015.

The Abbott government likes the mantra they have stopped the boats. They may have stopped the boats but they have not stopped asylum seekers. They have not dealt with the issue ...
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Statement to Parliament- Joan Kirner

Posted June 15, 2015.

On behalf of the many people in the eastern suburbs who knew Joan for many years and who appreciated the work she did in education in our electorate, I offer our condolences to ...
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Happy Birthday to Alexis Smith

Posted June 04, 2015.

Today, I want to say \'happy birthday\' to a very special constituent friend and volunteer in my office, Alexis Smith. Alexis just celebrated her 50th birthday, and while this i ...
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Education Funding Must Not Be Neglected

Posted June 04, 2015.

... we will honour the agreements that Labor has entered into. We will match the offers that Labor has made. We will make sure that no school is worse off.

Those were To ...
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Budget Cuts Are Unacceptable

Posted June 01, 2015.

Before the last election the Prime Minister announced no cuts to education, no cuts to health, no change to pensions, no change to the GST and no cuts to the ABC or SBS. For eve ...
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The Budget is Unfair

Posted May 27, 2015.

 I also rise to speak on these appropriation bills and to declare at the outset that the budget is still unfair. It was unfair last year; it continues to be unfair this yea ...
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Victoria Needs More Infrastructure Funding

Posted May 25, 2015.

 I rise to speak on behalf of the frustrated commuters in my electorate whose daily struggle to get in and out of town has become a political plaything of Tony Abbott and t ...
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Celebration of Carol and Greig Friday

Posted May 25, 2015.

On Sunday I attended one of the most moving celebrations in my political career: the celebration of Carol and Greig Friday\'s lives-lives tragically cut short in the Airbus A320 ...
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Hockey's Second Budget is Still Unfair, Still Hurts

Posted May 13, 2015.

Part pensioners, low income families and new mothers are among the biggest losers in Joe Hockey\'s second unfair budget which is funded by the savage and cruel cuts of his first ...
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Abbott Plays Politics while Commuters Suffer

Posted May 13, 2015.

Tony Abbott\'s second Budget rips $3 billion from Victoria\'s infrastructure budget and has reduced Victoria\'s share of infrastructure investment to among the lowest of any mai ...
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Most Unfair and Underhanded Budget Australia Has Ever Seen

Posted May 12, 2015.

One year ago today, the Treasurer stood in this place and delivered Australians the most unfair and underhanded budget this country has ever seen. It was a budget aimed squarely ...
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First Home Ownership Moves Further Out of Reach

Posted April 01, 2015.

Housing affordability is an increasing concern in Chisholm said Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke.

"Young people in suburbs like Box Hill, Ashwood and Burwood who are ...
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