Some of the bungling and maladministration of Centrelink, particularly in the area of the Family Tax Payment.
It is appropriate that the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition lead this parliament’s reflections on the death of Pope John Paul II.
Now Australians will have a new byword for chutzpah, thanks to a figure well known to members of this House, the Sydney Morning Herald political columnist Alan Ramsey.
Three events underline the exciting and colourful nature of my electorate and indeed modern Australia.
In my electorate at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, a group of young people have been showing a film called Relentless. This is a film about incitement in the Middle East conflict and how that incitement is an issue that has to be addressed if we are to combat terrorism.
Before turning to my remarks about Melbourne’s gay community, I endorse the remarks of the member for Wentworth and note the anti-gay brutality that the Mugabe government engages in every day to the great harm of many people in that country.
I have previously outlined some responses to a newsletter and survey I had recently sent out to every household in Melbourne Ports. Hundreds of constituents responded to this survey and told me about issues that concern them.
Medicare is in a perilous state. In just two years the bulk-billing rate in …
Some remarks about the Criminal Code Amendment (Terrorist Organisations) Bill 2003.
Something can be true, even if George Bush says it is true. That is a logical argument with which, I believe, critics of the war in Iraq should view the President's recent statements on the possibilities of democracy in the Arab world after this conflict.
I would like to take this opportunity to speak to the motion before the House, not by reciting the now familiar litany of human rights abuses which characterise contemporary China but rather by attempting in a necessarily limited way to put the issues of democracy in China in a larger perspective: one that speaks …