Vale, Nelson Mandela
A great light has gone out. Nelson Mandela will be mourned the world over.
Few leaders are so significant that they transcend their country. But Nelson Mandela’s vision of harmony resonated worldwide and today the world mourns.
Nelson Mandela was an international leader in reconciliation and democracy. He showed courage, compassion, integrity and hope through unthinkable adversity.
The world is a richer and better place because of Nelson Mandela.
He inspires us all to be better people. Vale, Nelson Mandela.
My first speech in the 44th Parliament
I used the opportunity of my first speech in the 44th parliament to ask the Government to come clean about public service jobs cuts.
I am honoured to be Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
I am honoured to have been appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence. I have a long standing interest in defence and strategic policy.
Canberra has a large defence community and it is threatened by the Abbott Government’s planned mass job cuts. Front line troops rely on the professionalism and dedication of public service professionals. I want to ensure that all those who work to defend this nation are given the resources and respect they deserve.
You can find my Defence press releases below:
Thank you Canberra
I am honoured to have been re-elected to serve as the Member for Canberra for another three years. I will continue to stand up for Canberra, and continue to fight for Canberra jobs. This will not be an easy task in the face of an Abbott Government, but it’s what Canberrans have elected me to do.
Fighting for Canberra
I know that many Canberrans share my concerns about the future of the public service in Canberra, with the new Abbott Government promising to cut at least 12,000 – 20,000 jobs and move thousands more interstate.
In 1996 I lost my own job as part of the Howard Government’s public service job cuts, so I know first-hand the devastation of mass job losses. You can read about my own experience in this City News article.
I will fight to protect Canberra jobs, and work with Canberrans to ensure our city isn’t decimated by these plans. You can find my latest press releases and speeches on the Abbott Government’s planned job cuts below:
A second petrol station in Weston Creek
Weston Creek residents know only too well the frustration of having only one petrol station servicing 23,000 people.
That's why I have submitted a petition to ACT Government to designate land for a new petrol station at the intersection of Cotter Road and Kirkpatrick Street. Please join me in the call for a second petrol station to service Weston Creek and the growing Molonglo Valley.
I look forward to updating you on the progress of the petition.
Better services in the Parliamentary Triangle
I am pleased with the recommendations from the inquiry by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories into the provision of amenity in the Parliamentary Triangle.
The inquiry found that there is a need from both workers and visitors for more amenities in the Parliamentary Triangle and surrounding areas.
If the workers in the Parliamentary Triangle are to pay for parking like they do in other business districts, it’s only fair they have access to the services, such as convenience stores and shops, available in other precincts.
The report of the inquiry has been published on the Australian Parliament House website.
FaHSCIA 4 Tuggeranong
The satellite city concept has created a national capital of micro-economies. If Canberra is to continue to grow and thrive, it’s important that each of these micro-economies continues to prosper.
On 20th June I tabled in Parliament a petition for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to stay in Tuggeranong.
Public service jobs based in Tuggeranong are the backbone of the local economy. Moving these jobs out of Tuggeranong would have a huge impact on small businesses and services in the area.
I look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of this petition.