Standing up for Canberra



NBN: Understanding the Switchover

I met with NBN Co last week and in that meeting we talked about the experiences many Canberrans have had with their new NBN connections—the unexpected dropouts and the need to replace equipment, like fax machines.

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Transcript: Drive with Laura Tchilinguirian

SUBJECTS: Joint Standing Committee for National Capital and External Territory inquiry into the national institutions.

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NDIS Cuts Funding to Those Who Need It Most

My community was one of the first in Australia to experience the benefits, the value, of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, when the trial began here in 2013. Since then, the full scheme of the NDIS has rolled out. It began rolling out in 2016. Many Canberrans have been on the NDIS for the last five years, through the trial to where we are today.

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Superannuation is a Guarantee, not an Optional Extra

Up until the mid-1980s less than 40 per cent of the working population had superannuation. That figure was even less for blue-collar workers and women; for them it was only around 25 per cent. This all changed in 1991 when Labor under Paul Keating, our great former Prime Minister and Treasurer, introduced the superannuation guarantee, a compulsory system of superannuation for Australian employees.

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Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Bill 2018

My electorate of Canberra is the largest by population in Australia. I proudly represent a very large number of older Australians, older Canberrans and older people who look to government to make sure that as they live longer they also live better. At the last census more than 26,000 people in Canberra were over 65. That is 13.8 percent of my electorate.

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Canberra and the Stars

Last month, I took part in the Australian National University's Guinness world record attempt for the greatest number of telescopes pointed at once at the night sky. More than 285 stargazing parties were registered across Australia, with thousands of telescopes delivered across the country. We're not talking about cardboard telescopes; we're talking about good-quality, entry-level telescopes that you'd probably get from Australian Geographic shops to help Australians develop an interest in—perhaps even a love for—astronomy.

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Threats to Critical Infrastructure

The Australian Cyber Security Centre 2017 threat report noted that CERT Australia responded to 734 incidents affecting private-sector systems of national critical infrastructure within the 2016-17 financial year. This equates to a significant cyber incident occurring on these networks more than twice a day. In October 2017, the US-CERT released a report that stated:

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Endometriosis Finally in National Spotlight

I want to thank the member for Forrest for this motion and for her years and years of fighting to have endometriosis recognised by the leaders of our nation. And I want to thank her daughter, Kylie, for her courage. I want to thank the member for Boothby for reaching across the aisle to join with the member for Forrest and me in establishing the Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness, which we launched last December.

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21st Century Technology and Ancient Copper Wiring Do Not Mix

I am here tonight to talk about NBN and the lack thereof, or the lack thereof of service. I got a letter last week from Rudi in Pearce, and I am quoting:

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Reports Reiterate Need for a National Approach to PFAS Contamination


Labor once again calls on the Turnbull Government to implement a national, coordinated, consistent response to PFAS contamination in light of the weekend’s reports

Right now, communities are uncertain about their futures, confused by mixed messages from multiple sources and deeply distressed.  

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