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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Over the past year, the issue of domestic violence in Australia has been thrust into the national spotlight.

And that is due to the tireless work of an incredible Australian, Rosie Batty.

It has been almost three years since Rosie’s son Luke was killed by his father.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Only a fraction of Australian businesswomen export, so I enjoyed the recent opportunity to open the ‘Women in Global Business’ forum and to encourage women to be brave and bold in venturing into international markets.

The focus of the forum was on trade with India and China, and it could not have come at a better time, as just a week earlier the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement passed the Australian Parliament.

China is Australia’s number one trading partner.

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The Chronicle: Merry Christmas Canberra

I love this time of the year.

It’s a time to reflect on the achievements of the last 12 months.

And it’s a time to thank those who have helped and supported us along the way.

So I’d like to thank my team for their outstanding service to the Canberra community in 2015. 

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Only a fraction of Australian businesswomen export, so I enjoyed the recent opportunity to open the ‘Women in Global Business’ forum and to encourage women to be brave and bold in venturing into international markets.

The focus of the forum was on trade with India and China, and it could not have come at a better time, as just a week earlier the China Australia Free Trade Agreement passed the Australian Parliament.

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Labor Herald: Defence Housing under threat

Right now 18,000 Australian Defence Force households across Australia are anxiously waiting to find out what the Government plans to do with their homes.

18,000 households in a state of uncertainty because the Government’s on-again-off-again sale of Defence Housing Australia now appears to be back on.

These are the very same people who were let down by this Government just 12 months ago when it unfairly tried to cut their pay and conditions. And the very same people who the Government has accused of "double dipping" on paid parental leave.

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The Chronicle: A Reflection on the Ageing Population

This month I turn 52.

I feel I'm in the prime of my life - professionally, personally and physically. And I know most Canberrans of my vintage feel the same.

So I was alarmed at this year's Australian Human Rights Commission survey, which found more than one quarter of 50 plus Australians have experienced some form of age discrimination in the workplace and nearly one third of those aged 60 to 64.

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The Chronicle: Being Active Citizens

“Democracy is perpetual. It’s not just going to an election.”

How do you empower people to be active citizens?

To regard democracy as more than just casting a vote?

To demand strong government that embraces democratic freedoms?

To expect sound public institutions that serve the community?

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Innovation boosts productivity, creates more and better jobs, enhances competitiveness and grows an economy.

From 1964 to 2005, 65 per cent of Australia’s economic growth per capita came from improvements in capital and labour – thanks to innovation. 

Yet, Australia has one of the lowest rates of start-up formation in the world. Less than one in two Australian firms identify themselves as innovators. And just 1.5 per cent developed “new to the world” innovations in 2011, compared to between 10 to 40 per cent in other OECD countries. 

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

About one million Australians live abroad and of that million, more than 90,000 are based in Hong Kong.

Australians are drawn to Hong Kong for financial and business opportunities, its location within Asia, its lifestyle and its strong expatriate community.

And increasingly, many Australians are involved in start-ups.

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The Chronicle: Uncivil discourse

'Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.'

Man's Search For Meaning - Victor Frankl

Since being elected Member for Canberra, I've become increasingly concerned about the uncivil nature of public debate in Parliament, the media and the wider community.

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