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New beginnings

January is the month of new beginnings. A time when we take a break, catch our breath, spend time with the people we love and reflect on the last 12 months. It's a time when we make plans on what we want to do differently and what we want to do better in the coming year. And a time when we start making those plans happen.   

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2014 School Legends

One of the highlights of my job is acknowledging the success of Canberra’s quiet achievers through my School Legends program.

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My tribute to Gough Whitlam

If it was not for Gough Whitlam, I do not believe I would be standing here today representing the people of Canberra.

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This fortnight in Parliament

This fortnight in Parliament the debate has been dominated by the situation in Iraq and issues of national security. I spoke about the reasons we need to act in Iraq, highlighting the systematic campaign of sexual violence against women that is being perpetrated.

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Parliament and the use of force

There is no more serious decision for Government than to commit Australian forces to conflict. It is not, I believe, one that is ever taken lightly. But, should it be ceded to both houses of parliament?

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Ageing Well

I recently spent a week in Melbourne caring for my mother who had just had a hip replacement. At 75, Mum is generally fit and healthy, and as a single mother she is incredibly independent. So it was a real a shock for me to see her in a vulnerable position, in need of support and care.

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This fortnight in Parliament

After a five week break, it was good to be back at Parliament to get on with the job of holding the Abbott Government to account for its horror Budget.

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Proposed Uriarra solar farm

I made a submission as part of the public consultation on the Development Application for the proposed solar farm at Uriarra Village. You can read my submission in full below.

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Yarralumla Brickworks Development

I made a submission as part of the ACT Government’s public consultation on the proposed Yarralumla Brickworks development, expressing my concerns about a number of aspects of the current proposal. You can read my submission in full below.

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This week in Parliament

The final sitting week before the winter recess was as lively as ever. The new senators have arrived, and the Abbott Government is now grappling with the task of negotiating with the minor parties and independents.

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