September 7: choosing who will stand up for Chifley

Member for Chifley Ed Husic MP has welcomed the news that the Federal election will be held on Saturday 7 September.

Mr Husic said Australians now faced a choice between a new way for Australia’s future or the same old tired negativity of the Liberals.

“Only Labor has a plan for better schools for our kids, investing to create jobs, keeping our economy strong, and delivering an NBN-future.

“I’m proud of what the Federal Labor Government has achieved for the people of Chifley,” Mr Husic said.

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Catholic Schools to benefit from Better Schools Plan

Catholic schools in Chifley will benefit from extra funding and more resources after the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and the Australian Government reached an historic agreement on the Better Schools Plan.

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic welcomed the announcement that will see around $1.6 billion in additional funding over six years flow through to Catholic systemic schools across Australia, including in Chifley.

“The Rudd Labor Government has the utmost respect for the integrity and autonomy of the Catholic education system, which for over 150 years has …

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NBN fibre rollout ramping up in Blacktown.

More areas in Western Sydney are getting access to the National Broadband Network’s (NBN) reliable, high-speed broadband thanks to the Rudd Labor Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband and local member for Chifley Ed Husic MP hauled NBN fibre in Blacktown today where the NBN rollout is ramping up.

“I am pleased to announce that NBN Co has passed a further 4000 premises in Blacktown bringing the total to around 5300 premises,” Mr Husic said.

“This is good news for local residents and business that can now access …

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Blacktown Libs vote to sell off community parks

Blacktown Federal MPs, Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic, have condemned the latest decision by the Liberals on Blacktown Council to sell off 33 local parks and reserves for residential development and called on the Federal Liberal candidates in Blacktown to state a position on the decision.

In a motion moved by Liberal Cr Diaz, 33 parks and reserves in Blacktown, Seven Hills, Kings Langley, Marayong, Quakers Hill, Kings Park, Doonside, Whalan, Emerton, Shalvey, Hebersham and Hassall Grove have been put on a Liberal Party hit list. …

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Super-charging jobs growth at Marsden Park

Local jobs growth is set to be super-charged following the official opening of the Sydney Business Park in Marsden Park, according to Chifley MP Ed Husic.

“Sydney Business Park is set to be three times the size of the Sydney CBD – and over the next 12 years it’s set to be the platform for creating around 60,000 direct and indirect jobs,” Mr Husic said.

“This development will super-charge local jobs growth and open up work for thousands of locals looking to get employed.”

Mr Husic attended the …

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Pensioners – one hand gives, the other takes away

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic has welcomed news that more than 550 local seniors are receiving a boost to their household budgets but is worried these additional payments may be eroded by the Liberal State Government.

With the first quarterly Clean Energy Supplement for seniors now arriving in bank accounts, Mr Husic has raised the issue in Parliament this week.

“I’m proud of what Labor has done for seniors in our community, and would compare that with the record of the Liberal State Government and the Liberal-controlled …

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Railway lifts left out of NSW Budget

Railway lifts left out of NSW Budget

Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic has criticised the NSW Government for again not including the funds to install lifts at Doonside and Rooty Hill Railway Stations.

Mr Husic said that in spite of a very visible campaign locally to have lifts installed, Mr O’Farrell has chosen to ignore the plight of residents.

“I’m disappointed that the residents around Doonside and Rooty Hill have again been overlooked by the NSW Liberal Government,” Mr Husic said.

“The plans and money for the lifts were set aside in 2010/11 but the …

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$1,507,162 available for Blacktown Council thanks to Federal Labor

Blacktown Federal MPs, Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic have welcomed the allocation of $1,507,162 to Blacktown City Council to help build and renew community infrastructure.

“This is a win for Blacktown and demonstrates how important the Federal Government’s partnership with local government is,” Ms Rowland said.

“Good community infrastructure will cater for our growing community and make it a better place to live.

“This funding can be used to build and renew community infrastructure like sporting facilities, libraries, pools, playgrounds and essential community services such as child care …

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NSW Budget confirms secret Liberal plan to toll the M4

Barry O’Farrell’s State Budget confirms a secret plan by the Liberals to reintroduce tolls on the M4 Motorway.

Federal Labor MPs Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic today said Barry O’Farrell and the Liberals will slug Western Sydney families with excessive tolls to use a road link that is currently free.

“This is a disappointing result for Western Sydney motorists,” said Ms Rowland.

“Barry O’Farrell has confirmed Western Sydney families will have to pay tolls to use the existing M4 road corridor.

“If Tony Abbott is elected he will also …

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Fee HELP for Australian-raised New Zealanders

Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic has applauded the Australian Government’s decision to provide financial assistance for tertiary and vocational education to locally raised New Zealanders.

New Zealanders who grow up in Australia and want to continue to study here will become eligible for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) from 2015.

Mr Husic said extending HELP to these New Zealanders was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to making higher education available to a growing number of people in Australia.

“This is great news for young Kiwis …

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Richard Powis remembered in Parliament

Federal Chifley MP Ed Husic last week used Parliament to remember former Integral Energy CEO Richard Powis who passed away on Sunday 26 May.

Mr Husic, who worked with Mr Powis at Integral Energy (now known as Endeavour Energy) from 2000 to 2004, said Mr Powis spearheaded efforts to improve the ageing electricity network in Western Sydney and the Illawarra.

“As I said in Parliament, I was humbled to work with Richard, admiring foremost his integrity, his sharp mind and lateral approach to conquering difficulty.

“Richard took up …

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Harvey Norman Switched on to National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Major electronics retailer Harvey Norman is providing free recycling drop-off points for televisions at 140 of its stores as part of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP and Ed Husic MP, Federal Member for Chifley, today visited Harvey Norman’s Mt Druitt store to see a retail drop-off point operation first-hand.

Speaking at the recycling drop-off point today, Ms Rishworth said it is great Harvey Norman are partners in the National Television and Computer …

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Local Police Officers awarded for service

Chifley MP Ed Husic joined with local community, businesses and Police representatives to celebrate the contributions of a number of Sworn Officers and civilian support staff at the 2013 Mt Druitt Rotary Police Officer of the Year Awards.

The Award ceremony on Wednesday night was held at Rooty Hill RSL Club and paid tribute to the top Police Officers from the Mt Druitt and Quakers Hill Local Area Commands.

Senior Constable Bruce Havord was named Mt Druitt Police Officer of the Year and Leading Senior Constable Paul …

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Carbon price revenue helps Arnott’s invest in clean and renewable technologies

Carbon price revenue helps Arnott’s invest in clean and renewable technologies

Federal MP Ed Husic today visited the Arnott’s at Huntingwood to congratulate the company on successfully obtaining a grant to help improve the plant’s energy efficiency.

Arnott’s has obtained $113,254 grant from the Clean Technology Investment Program to improve their production methods and reduce their carbon footprint.

Mr Husic praised Arnott’s for their commitment to the environment evidenced by the $3.4 million they have spent over the past 6 years at Huntingwood on 24 ‘green projects’.

“When I’ve previously visited Arnott’s they impressed me with how much attention …

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Volunteer Awards honours dedicated community volunteers

Volunteer Awards honours dedicated community volunteers

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic has recognised the dedication and generosity of local volunteers at the Chifley Volunteers Awards, held this afternoon at the Mt Druitt Hub.

From a field of 18 worthwhile nominees, seven extraordinary individuals were chosen for special recognition.

The ceremony capped off National Volunteer Week, celebrating the commitment of Australia’s 6 million volunteers.

Denis Byrne from Ropes Crossing was named 2013 Chifley Volunteer of the Year for his commitment to volunteering which has inspired others to take part.

Denis happily gives his time each week …

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$250,000 to Fix Black Spots in Chifley

$250,000 to Fix Black Spots in Chifley

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Member for Chifley Ed Husic today announced the Labor Government will provide $250,000 to fix two dangerous black spots.

The approved projects are:

•    Intersection of the Great Western Highway and Mount Druitt Road at Mount Druitt: $150,000 to install a partial median closure; and
•    Intersection of Wolseley Street and Derby Street at Rooty Hill: $100,000 to install a single lane roundabout.
The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the …

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Budget Continues to Invest in Road Infrastructure

Budget Continues to Invest in Road Infrastructure

Last night’s budget continued funding for the rollout of the biggest road and rail infrastructure program in the nation’s history.

Since 2008, $60 billion has been allocated towards transport infrastructure through the Nation Building Program.

In the next phase of this program, funding will continue for Roads to Recovery and to address Black Spots.

Federal Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland said the allocation of almost $7 million to Blacktown Council over the period 2009-2014 will pay huge dividends for local rate payers.

“This untied funding to Blacktown Council has …

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Budget Delivers for Western Sydney Commuters

Budget Delivers for Western Sydney Commuters

Blacktown Federal MPs, Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic, have heralded the 2013 Federal Budget’s provision of $1.8 billion for the WestConnex link as a victory for commuters in Western Sydney.

The project will include capacity improvements on the existing M4 and M5 corridors, extend the M4 to Sydney Airport, and improve access to the Sydney CBD and Port Botany.

Importantly, this Budget funding announcement also imposes a condition that no new tolls are imposed on existing roads that commuters currently use without charge.

Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle …

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Budget delivers for Australians long-term

Budget delivers for Australians long-term

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic says the 2013-14 Budget has made tough but right decisions for the long-term prosperity of Australia.

“This is a budget aimed squarely at making Australia stronger, smarter and fairer through investment in infrastructure, schools and social reform,” Mr Husic said.

Key features of last night’s Budget that will benefit the Chifley electorate include:

$19.3 billion will be invested in DisabilityCare Australia over the next seven years, in part funded by a 0.5% increase to the Medicare Levy delivering for almost 3,800 …

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A chance to deliver speech for 25th anniversary of Parliament House

A chance to deliver speech for 25th anniversary of Parliament House

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic is inviting local students to enter a competition that may give them the opportunity to deliver a speech at Parliament House.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Parliament House, Speaker of the House of Representatives Anna Burke MP has announced the national My First Speech competition for year 10 to 12 students across Australia.

“Two students from among all the entries will be chosen to come to Canberra in its centenary year and deliver a speech at Parliament House during our 25th anniversary …

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Husic joins Parliamentary delegation to Afghanistan

Husic joins Parliamentary delegation to Afghanistan

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic has recently returned from a visit to Afghanistan, stating that one of the biggest challenges facing the country is how to rebuild it after years of conflict.

Mr Husic was a member of a Federal Parliamentary delegation to Afghanistan, headed by former Speaker Harry Jenkins.

“I wanted to participate in this visit to Afghanistan to see with my own eyes the situation on the ground,” Mr Husic.

“I found the trip to be extraordinarily insightful and, what was noteworthy, was this was …

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A fairer future for people with a disability in Chifley

A fairer future for people with a disability in Chifley

Federal MP Ed Husic has welcomed the Government’s commitment to building a better life for Australians with a significant and permanent disability in Chifley.

“So many people I talk to locally are hoping that we can make DisabilityCare a reality – to ease the burdens and anxieties they face on a day to day basis,” Mr Husic said.

“We know there are ways we can provide that care but we need to find ways to help fund it in the years ahead.

“For this reason, the Government will …

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Appreciation shown for service in wartime

Appreciation shown for service in wartime

Last week, as Australians paused to remember the sacrifice of the fallen during wartime, Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic hosted an afternoon tea to present Certificates of Appreciation for the efforts of two locals on the home front.

 

Mrs Mavis Orton was presented with her Certificate of Appreciation to recognise her service in the Second World War.  Mrs Orton was assigned to the St Mary’s Munitions factory where she was employed as a shorthand typist. She also worked at the Department of Labour and National …

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Federal Government makes good on funding Gonski

Schools and students in Chifley are set to benefit from the Gillard Government’s new school funding model with an additional investment of around $5 Billion to be made available across all NSW schools.

Mr Husic believes with properly resourced classrooms, extra training for teachers and focused programs for students on offer, this plan will take Australian schools into the top five in the world by 2025.

“Our National Plan for School Improvement will establish a new, fairer school funding approach, based on the needs of individual students,” …

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Seniors App: Your pension in the palm of your hand

Senior citizens from Sydney’s west are now able to lodge Centrelink documents quickly and securely using their smart phone or tablet.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas joined the Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today to demonstrate the new app feature to members of the Mount Druitt Senior Citizens and Welfare Association.

“While it might surprise some people in the community, our Express Plus Seniors App has already been downloaded over 13,000 times,” Senator McLucas said.

“The Seniors App, which was launched late last year, is designed …

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Liberal Broadband Plan will choke the local economy and jobs

Liberal Broadband Plan will choke the local economy and jobs

A plan to charge small businesses $5,000 to connect to faster broadband has the potential to drive jobs and business out of Chifley, said Federal MP Ed Husic.

The Federal Liberal Opposition this week announced that it would axe the Federal Government’s plans for a nationwide fibre rollout and replace it with a slower alternative.

“I’ve worked hard with Telstra and NBNCo to ensure we fix broadband blackspots affecting Woodcroft and Doonside.

“As a result we’ve been able to stop small businesses from potentially closing in Woodcroft.

“Imagine telling …

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Chifley Young Leaders Award

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic is seeking nominations from student leaders throughout Chifley for the 2013 Chifley Young Leaders Award.

The competition encourages entrants to submit an ‘ideas statement’ via writing or a short video on what leadership means to them and is a way for Mr Husic to gain input from local young people about the things that matter most to them.

The first prize winner will also receive a 16 GB iPad and the second prize winner will receive a $200 education voucher.

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Football and Government join forces so more children are active

Football and Government join forces so more children are active

Newly crowned A-League Premiers’ Plate winners the Western Sydney Wanderers today helped launch a partnership between Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program – aimed at keeping students active and healthy.

Representing the Minister for Sport Kate Lundy, Member for Chifley Ed Husic said the new partnership was designed to encourage children to participate in football through a modified version of the sport, based on the FFA’s Optus Small Sided Football program.

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Husic slams cruel and cynical cash grab

Husic slams cruel and cynical cash grab

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic has slammed NSW Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell’s decision to take part of the Federal Government’s pension increase from more than 86,000 NSW pensioners living in public housing.

“Pensioners on a fixed income find it hardest to meet their living expenses when costs rise – that’s why it’s so important that pensions go up to match these rises,” Mr Husic said.

“The Gillard Government is delivering a boost for pensioners to help them make ends meet – designed to help pensioners, not Barry …

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Petition: Save Mt Druitt Hospital Cardiac Unit

Petition: Save Mt Druitt Hospital Cardiac Unit

State Member for Mt Druitt, Richard Amery MP has a petition  against the closure of Mt Druitt Hospital Cardiac Unit by the State Government.

I attended a community forum with around 150 people at West Tradies  where residents spoke about the importance of this essential health facility for the district.

To download and print a PDF copy of the petition please click on the link below and submit the petition to Mr Amery’s office. For futher information contact Mr Amery’s office on 9625 6770 or my office 9625 4344.

DOWNLOAD PETITION

 

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Blacktown Council Local Environment Plan

Constituents have met with me and raised their concerns regarding the Blacktown Council LEP.  I have provided links below of my representations to Blacktown Council including their recent response.

 

1. Nerada Place

Nerada Place Letter

Nerada Place Council Response

2. Keld Place

Keld Place Letter

3. Kent St

Kent St Letter

4. Blacktown Council Response from Mayor Len Robinson

Blacktown Council Response
Blacktown Council LEP Fact Sheet
Blacktown LEP FAQ

 

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Federal Liberals to shut down Medicare Locals and cut healthcare services

Federal Liberals to shut down Medicare Locals and cut healthcare services

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic has today warned that the Liberal Party’s latest plans to shut down Medicare Locals would see important health services cut, jobs lost and would hurt local families.

Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton told Parliament yesterday that he’d sack 3,000 “bureaucrats” who worked at Medicare Locals such as Blacktown’s WentWest.

Responding to a question asked by in Parliament by Mr Husic, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek confirmed that the “bureaucrats” the Liberal Party would sack from Medicare Locals include frontline health workers such as …

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Extending Kickstart for key industries

Extending Kickstart for key industries

The Government will extend the $57.5 million Apprentice Kickstart Initiative to make it easier for employers to take on apprentices, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, announced today.

Mr Bowen said the two-month extension means that employers in the building, construction and engineering trades now have until the end of April to benefit from an extra incentive payment for them to take on a new apprentice.

“We know that times are tough for many Australian businesses so we are giving them …

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Breakfast honours the contribution of outstanding women

In what has become an important part of the local calendar, women from every part of the community joined Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and Federal MP Ed Husic for the Coral McLean Award Breakfast.

 

“The Coral McLean Award helps celebrate International Women’s Day and remembers the life of a wonderful woman, who many referred to as the ‘Mother of Mt Druitt’,” said Mr Husic.

 

“Coral passed away in February 2011 after a long battle with cancer.  I created the Award in her name to inspire others …

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Western Sydney’s First General Practice Learning Centre Opens

Blacktown’s new General Practice learning centre means more GPs and health professionals can be trained locally to deliver high quality health care for Western Sydney, Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, said today.

Joining Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, and Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland, for the WentWest Learning Centre’s official opening ceremony, Ms Plibersek said the facility will provide first-class training to not only GP Registrars, but local General Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses, Practice Staff and community groups working in Western …

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HEALTHY EATING PROGRAM BENEFITS STUDENTS

 

An evaluation of the Federal Government’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program released today shows the real difference it has made to students around Australia.

 

The report shows that students involved in the program are more likely to try new healthier food – even more so if they have grown or cooked the food themselves.

 

“This program, which was introduced by the Australian Government in 2008, has made a difference to students, teachers and parents throughout Australia,” Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, said.

 

“Parents have reported improvements …

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Culturally and linguistically diverse carers given a voice on the NDIS

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today joined local carers of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to discuss the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The meeting held in Mt Druitt is part of a wider consultation process with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds being led by the NDIS Launch Transition Agency.

Senator McLucas and Federal Member for Chifley, Mr Husic met with the carers to explain what the NDIS is, …

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Chifley Federal Member Congratulates Magic’s Volunteers

Ed Husic with Blacktown Magic Players and Volunteers (L-R): Fabian McLeod, Josh Mann, John Clifford, Ed Husic,Daniel Clifford, Matthew Keevil and Luke Penrith.

Blacktown Magic Australian Football Club were recently the benefactors of a very generous Volunteer’s Grant from the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to assist the fantastic work of the volunteers at the local AFL club.

The Volunteer’s Grant recognises the important role of volunteers by providing $16 million through Volunteer Grants in 2012. Integral to the …

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Football kicking goals for community harmony

The Gillard Government and Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced a four month program to mark annual Harmony Day celebrations and promote the power of football to bring people from diverse backgrounds together and build strong, cohesive communities.

The Harmony Through Football Program will include football tournaments, clinics and school events and feature three special ‘Harmony Day’ themed A-League matches in Sydney and Melbourne.

Minister for Sport and Multicultural Affairs Senator, Kate Lundy, and FFA CEO, David Gallop, launched the initiative at Blacktown Football Club this morning …

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Army Black Hawks to fly over Western Sydney

Up to five Black Hawk helicopters will be conducting flights over the Holsworthy and Londonderry areas from 18 – 22 February as part of a training exercise.

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic assures residents not to be alarmed by the increased activity.

“The Army conducts exercises like these periodically to ensure pilots and aircrew are well trained for flying in all conditions,” Mr Husic said.

“They can often be quite loud when passing over the tops of homes, but low flying is a necessary part of their operations.”

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Liberals can’t be trusted on health care

Chifley Labor MP Ed Husic has accused the Liberal Party of scaremongering with false claims about private health insurance affordability.

Mr Husic said the claim that people are dropping out of or downgrading their private health insurance is completely wrong.

“More people are covered by private health insurance now than at any other time in the last 37 years,” Mr Husic said.

“People who earn $35,000 continue to be entitled to the full 30% rebate. In fact, singles earning up to $130,000 and families earning up to $260,000 …

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Government to reduce pension deeming rates

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic has welcomed news today that the Australian Government will reduce the pension deeming rates from 20 March 2013 for those receiving a part pension.

Mr Husic said deeming rates are used to determine how much pensioners receive under means testing rules.

“For part-rate pensioners in Chifley, this decision will provide them with an average increase of $6.80 per fortnight,” Mr Husic said.

“This issue has been raised with me a number of times and I’ve been happy to raise these concerns with …

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Pope Benedict thanked for his leadership and courage

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic has today praised the service of Pope Benedict XVI after the Pontiff announced his impending resignation.

Mr Husic said that it showed tremendous leadership and courage to take the extraordinary step of resigning as the spiritual and pastoral leader of the universal Church.

“Pope Benedict has provided the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics with strong leadership over the past eight years,” Mr Husic said.

“To arrive at this decision – the first for a Pontiff in almost 600 years, shows the depth …

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Abbott to sack Western Sydney workers and slash services

Blacktown Federal MPs, Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic today demanded Tony Abbott come clean on who will be sacked and what services will be lost in his push to rip jobs and services out of Western Sydney.

“Today it has been revealed that Tony Abbott has a secret plan to move services and jobs out of Western Sydney to remote northern Australia and jack up taxes for people in our region,” Ms Rowland said.

“By proposing tax breaks only for people who move to Northern Australia, …

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Beware of phone scam promising refunds

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic today warned the community of a new phone scam using the lure of government refunds to try to steal money.

“I’m astounded at how sophisticated this scam is,” Mr Husic said.

“I’ve had three residents in the last few days contact my office and they have all expressed surprise at how much personal information these scammers already have.

“Those targeted have all been told the caller is from the Australian Government and provided with a name, reference number and Sydney phone number …

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Nominations sought for the 2013 Coral McLean Awards

Nominations have opened for the 2013 Coral McLean Awards which will form part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations in Chifley.

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic says the Coral McLean Award has become one of his personal highlights of the year – a chance to celebrate and recognise great local efforts by leading women in our community.

“In Chifley, we recognise the importance of International Women’s Day by keeping alive the memory of Coral McLean, known to many as the ‘Mother of Mt Druitt’ who …

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Election about choice

Chifley MP Ed Husic has welcomed the announcement that Australia will go to the polls on Saturday 14 September.

“From the first day in the job after being elected as MP, I’ve made it my priority to stick up for the people of our area, to get things done for residents,” Mr Husic said.

“Regardless of whether it’s a Labor Government or Liberal Government, I’ve stood up for our neighbourhoods to make sure we get a better deal for schools, healthcare and seeing us get the NBN …

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Support on its way to cyclone-ravaged Fiji and Samoa

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic has welcomed today’s announcement that the Australian Government will provide an initial $1 million in emergency aid for families in Fiji and Samoa affected by Cyclone Evan.

He was responding to today’s announcement by Foreign Minister Bob Carr that Australia would provide emergency assistance and relief supplies to the two Pacific Island Nations.

Mr Husic said Fiji was still recovering from flooding in April this year before Cyclone Evan hit.

“Australia is always among the first nations to lend a helping hand …

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Lib’s Broadband Plan: no suburbs, no experience, no clue

The Liberal Party’s lack of experience and demonstrated commitment to delivering improved broadband service will set back the residents of Chifley, according to Federal MP Ed Husic.

“Under Liberal Governments, suburbs in Chifley were ‘broadband wastelands’,” said Mr Husic.

“The Liberals tried 19 times to fix broadband in Australia – nothing they did worked.

“Now when the Liberal Party tries to show how they will bring about better broadband service, they have trouble even naming the suburbs in Chifley they’ll help.

“Under a media release they just issued, the …

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Much-needed emergency aid on its way to the Philippines

Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic has welcomed today’s announcement that the Australian Government will provide $5 million in emergency relief for families trapped or left homeless by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines.

His comments follow today’s announcement by Foreign Minister Bob Carr that Australia will provide the funds for survival kits and 1,000 tonnes of emergency food aid.

Mr Husic said the typhoon had created a humanitarian crisis and is happy that Australia is in a position to answer the call for help from the Philippines Government.

“Through …

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