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Defence Mysteriously Silent on Security Vetting Concerns

It has been more than a month since a Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit public hearing heard revelations from Department of Defence officials that 85 percent of critical security clearances, including the ‘Positive Vetting’ level, are conducted by private contractors.

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Fair Fares for Canberra with ABC Radio

JOLENE LAVERTY, HOST: Gai Brodtmann is the Member for Canberra and met with Qantas last night. Hello, Gai Brodtmann.

GAI BRODTMANN, MEMBER FOR CANBERRA:  Good morning, Jolene.

LAVERTY: Good morning. What happened last night, and what was this meeting about?

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We Need to Close the Gender Pay Gap

On average one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner. And, at the current rate of progression, we won't achieve gender equality in parliament until 2046. The gender pay gap has been stagnant for two decades, and gender equality against many of the markers appears to have stalled in Australia.

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My Questions about the Drone Delivery Trial

Last week I met with Project Wing to discuss the drone trial currently rolling out in Bonython, in my electorate, and I had a long list of questions. Many residents of Bonython were completely unaware that this trial was going to take place, despite the fact that Project Wing told me the community was notified by a letterbox drop and through community events.

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Follow up: Drone Trial in Bonython

I understand the need for drones in crisis situations.

I understand the need for drones in emergency situations.

But like many Canberrans, I fail to understand the need for drones to deliver burritos!

Since speaking about the Project Wing drone delivery trial yesterday, I’ve heard from many more Canberrans who are concerned about this project.

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Fair Fares for Canberra!

The distance between Canberra is Sydney is 286 kilometres.

The distance between Canberra and Melbourne is almost three times that at 662 kilometres.

So it’s understandable to ask why on earth the price of a flight between Sydney and Canberra is up to 4 times higher than that between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Another NBN Tale of Woe in Canberra

Another day, another NBN tale of woe in Canberra. First, we weren't even on the NBN rollout map.

We were just one big blank space. Second, when we finally did get on the map, we kept getting moved further to the right in terms of the actual rollout.

Those lucky enough to get the rollout have had all sorts of headaches, such as technicians who are meant to turn up never turning up.

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Drone Delivery Trial in Bonython

For the past month I have been inundated with concerns from people living in the suburb of Bonython, which is in my electorate, about a drone delivery service trial called Project Wing.

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Modern Slavery Bill

Slavery isn't something most Australians associate with the 21st century. They have those images from what they've read and from what they've heard. There are really powerful songs that we're all familiar with, and there is what we've seen on television or at the movies. It is something very much associated with the past, with hundreds of years ago.

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Canberrans Help Share the Dignity

Share the Dignity is an Australian charity that helps women experiencing domestic violence, women experiencing homelessness and women going through tough times. It helps in the form of personal items.

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