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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter From Canberra

This year’s Parliamentary sitting year finished on a high note with marriage equality finally becoming a reality in Australia.

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The Chronicle: Happy Holidays Canberra

I love this time of the year in Canberra.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Nearly thirty years ago, as a newly minted graduate, I was in Hong Kong to study North East Asian perceptions of Australia as a manufacturing nation.

As a Royce scholar inspired by Ross Garnaut’s North East Asian Ascendancy, I travelled to Hong Kong, China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea to interview officials, business people and journalists on their views of Australia beyond the “quarry and the farm”.

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The Chronicle: Keeping Safe Online

The internet has transformed our lives.

We can now pay bills, book holidays, shop for groceries and stay up to date with family and friends, all from the convenience of our own home at any time of the night or day.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter From Canberra

As home to world class educational institutions, the seat of government and the centre of a Capital Region brimming with quality seafood and primary produce, the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement has the potential to open up a range of opportunities for our nation’s bush capital, Canberra.

The Australian National University is Australia’s top university and among the top 20 universities in the world.

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The Chronicle: Embracing Ageing

According to my Mum, who is a spritely 78, and empowered by the late Betty Friedan’s Fountain of Age, “older ain’t dead”.

And this was the emphatic message from the Canberrans who attended my recent Positive Ageing Forum with the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins, in Tuggeranong.

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The Chronicle: Time to DonateLife

Canberrans are the most altruistic people in the country.

We have the highest volunteering rate in Australia.

And last year we led the nation on organ and tissue donation, which was well above the national average.

Thanks to the generosity of eight donors and their families in the ACT, 17 people have received life-saving and life-transforming organ transplants.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter From Canberra

As a member of the republican movement, I’m delighted the idea of an Australian republic is back in the news thanks to Labor Leader Bill Shorten.

In 1999, the republic referendum was defeated.

The Australian Capital Territory – the community I represent – was the only state or territory that voted yes, with an overwhelming 63 percent.

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Hong Kong Chamber: Australians Looking for Leadership on Climate Change

This year's United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris is drawing closer and Australians are looking for leadership, vision and targets to ensure the nation is well placed to compete and prosper in a low carbon future.

A recent annual poll by the Lowy Institute, an independent policy think tank, recorded the third consecutive rise in Australians’ concern about global warming. Now half of Australia’s adult population believe global warming is a serious and pressing problem.

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The Chronicle: Building a Stronger Community

Community groups often contact me with their big ideas on how to make Canberra an even better place - but don’t have the funding to do it.

The Stronger Communities Grants Program gives not-for-profit organisations the chance to make those ideas a reality

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