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The Chronicle: Build a stronger community

Christmas may come early this year for some of Canberra’s not-for-profit organisations, with Federal funding available under the Stronger Communities Program.

Local incorporated not-for-profit organisations can now apply to receive a grant of between $5,000 and $20,000 to fund small capital projects.

However, there is a catch. Organisations are required to match the funding in cash or in-kind on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

As I write, the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement is gathering momentum – with negotiations in their final stages.

The TPP is being negotiated by 12 countries including Australia, the United States, Japan and South Korea. It does not include China and therefore Hong Kong.

The trade deal includes significant potential benefits for Australia, like enhanced market access for our goods and services among the eleven other countries, with potential for future country membership. Increased trade opportunities bring increased wealth and jobs.

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The Chronicle: Hats off to Canberra Business

Before I entered politics, I ran my own micro business from home for ten years.

It was incredibly rewarding, incredibly challenging and, at times, incredibly lonely - particularly when I was navigating my way through user-unfriendly government websites late at night just days before the end of the financial year.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

As I write, we are in the last sitting fortnight of Parliament before the House of Representatives and Senate rise for the Winter break.

During the fortnight, the Government announced the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, with the Chinese Ambassador to Australia and the Australian Ambassador to China present in the chamber. 

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The Chronicle: NBN causes frustration in Canberra

In recent months I’ve been contacted by more and more Canberrans who are incredibly frustrated by their internet situation.

I have heard horror stories from residents in Monash and Theodore who are struggling to get access to any type of internet – and it’s extremely expensive if they can get it.

It prompted me to hold an NBN forum with the Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare a few weeks ago, where we heard from around 100 concerned Canberrans.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Budget week is one of the biggest in the Parliamentary calendar. Peak associations, lobbyists and political tragics descend on Canberra to hear about the Government and Opposition plans for the nation’s future, and try and influence them. Hotels are booked out, taxis and hire cars work overtime and the nation’s capital restaurants, cafes, function rooms and bars are packed for days.

The Abbott Government’s second Budget was dominated by small business incentives, national security, improving female participation in the workforce through childcare and paid parental leave and public service job cuts.

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The Chronicle: Shop Local

With FASHFEST just around the corner, we’re reminded of the importance of shopping local and supporting Canberra designers.

The idea of shopping local and supporting small business is something I try to live by every day. Whether it be my campaign t-shirts, annual Christmas card or electorate wide mail-outs, I take every opportunity to buy Australian made and to use local printers and manufacturers.

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Hong Kong Chamber: A Letter from Canberra

Sergeant Christopher Ernest Uhlmann was killed in action in Belgium on 21 July 1917.

That day this “splendid stamp of a man” was wounded by a shell in the trenches near Zillebeke Lake in Belgium. The Brigade Doctor Captain Aspinall, Bomber Barrs and Private Salisbury went to his assistance, but another shell fell “almost in the same spot and killed the four”.

He was just 26 and married to Florence May Uhlmann.

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The Chronicle: Remembering our ANZACs

Sergeant Christopher Ernest Uhlmann was killed in action in Belgium on 21 July 1917.

That day this “splendid stamp of a man” was wounded by a shell in the trenches near Zillebeke Lake in Belgium. The Brigade Doctor Captain Aspinall, Bomber Barrs and Private Salisbury went to his assistance, but another shell fell “almost in the same spot and killed the four”.

He was just 26 and married to Florence May Uhlmann.

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The Chronicle: Tara Costigan

Canberrans are reeling from the tragic and shocking death of Calwell mother of three, Tara Costigan.

And it’s reminded us all that we must tackle family violence, and we must tackle it now.

Family violence is the leading cause of injury and death in Australian women under 45 years old, and more than two women are murdered by an intimate partner every single week.

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