BILLS – Infrastructure (Priority Funding) Amendment Bill 2013 – Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (21:12): I grew up in Western Sydney. Before I got my drivers licence I always knew it would take at least an hour to get from the west to the east of Sydney, and that I would need to leave more time than that to get to the train station to get the train into town. Then I got my licence and the only thing that changed was that I saved half an hour. It would still take an hour of travelling …

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ADJOURNMENT – Chifley Electorate: Pensioners

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (22:14): I rise tonight to voice the deep concerns of people on low incomes in my electorate who have been affected by harsh decisions made by both Liberal state and Liberal local governments. I am specifically referring to pensioners in the Chifley electorate. Pensioners have been affected by the hard-hearted decisions of these two levels of government, decisions made with scant, almost dismissive, regard as to the impact that they will have. While we often see on show the hand-wringing of …

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Matters of Public Importance – National Broadband Network

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (16:10): Mr Deputy Speaker, through you, the member for Cowper, like all the Nationals in here, is an absolute sell-out when it comes to the issue of looking after communities by providing broadband and mobile infrastructure. Yet they are saying how terrible we are for what we are doing to change and transform the network, when they are prepared to see people in rural areas pay more under their plan.

They say they will get rid of uniform pricing. They say that …

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Adjournment Learn Earn Legend! Work Exposure in Government, Socceroos

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (22:05): Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Chloe Adler, from Ingham in North Queensland, who is one of the many students taking part in the Learn Earn Legend! Work Exposure in Government. Chloe, a year 12 student, attends Ingham State High School and she has plans after graduation to continue on with a traineeship as a pharmacy assistant in one of the local pharmacies. From this placement at Parliament House, Chloe was hoping to achieve more knowledge about Parliament House and …

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Federation Chamber – Committees – National Broadband Network Committee

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (12:31): It is a great pleasure of mine to be able to speak to this report—the fifth and final report of the joint committee. It is a project that has had a great degree of oversight in the rollout and in the management of the project itself. In fact, I have from time to time been concerned that we have overlaid too much oversight. I am certainly one for, obviously, the parliamentary ability to probe and test the way in which government …

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Federation Chamber – Private Members’ Business – Food Processing Industry

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (11:31): I figure I should perform the hat trick in repeating at the outset, or at some point in the speech, that there will be things we will agree on and things we will most definitely disagree on in the course of this debate. Undoubtedly, Member for Murray, I think it is a good opportunity for us to discuss a sector that provides critical support within your electorate and in others and that also provides a valuable economic contribution to the …

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Federation Chamber – GRIEVANCE DEBATE – Chifley Electorate: Services

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (21:23): Tonight I want to raise and represent the grave concerns of constituents about the scale and breadth and impact of cuts to local government services and also other services provided by both the Liberal-controlled Blacktown City Council and the New South Wales Liberal government. For all of my life, and for years before that, the part of Western Sydney that I am proud to represent has been more than capably cared for by a Labor-controlled local government alongside dedicated Labor …

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Federation Chamber – PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS – National Business Names Register

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (19:01): I rise to speak on this motion moved by the member for Dunkley. I think the only thing we agree on is acknowledging the start date of the system; everything after that is in dispute. The only thing he has got right is that we commence the register from 28 May last year. It has come into being as a result of an agreement between levels of government, states and territories, through our COAG commitment for a seamless national economy. …

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Federation Chamber BILLS Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014 Consideration in Detail

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (17:49): I want to talk about ways in which we are improving the delivery of government through the use of web based initiatives. I direct this to the Assistant Treasurer. The work that has been done in measuring the impact of greater usage within the broader economy and, in particular, Deloitte Access Economics last year pointed out that the contribution of the internet to the economy predicted to balloon seven per cent over the next five years, increasing from $50 billion now …

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ADJOURNMENT Live Animal Exports

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (22:24): Through the course of this parliamentary term orthodox views have shaped thinking about the issues that have dominated attention in this chamber. No doubt these views will inform those seeking to record history; however, what has not captured attention to the same extent is an issue that in my opinion has engaged a sizeable number of people within the electorate of Chifley. I dare say that it is probably one of the biggest issues that have attracted responses across my electorate. …

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Cybersafety

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (20:45): The member for Forrest has probably been overwhelmed with compliments tonight, but it is a reflection on both sides of the House recognising and commending the member’s efforts in this space. I had the opportunity to listen to the member for Forrest’s contribution from my office before coming to the floor and, seeing all the work that she has done, I know this is not just a motion in word but in deed as well. I join with others in commending …

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BILLS Australian Education Bill 2012 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (18:16): My old man has only ever done one job, and that is being a welder. He has done that since he arrived here in 1966. His schooling was to the equivalent of our year 10. Mum was the same. In our family, you could pretty much count on one hand the number of people who went on to university. Even though my parents had not been through university, through formal education, in our household the thing that was valued the most …

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90 Second Statement – Richard Powis, Integral Energy

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (13:49): Today I honour Richard Powis, former Integral Energy CEO; someone well regarded within our nation’s energy sector. Former teacher, trained economist, Richard held roles at TransGrid, and was deeply involved in the establishment of the National Electricity Market. He was appointed Integral Energy CEO in 2000 and, at a time when it was weighed down by doubt about its future, he restored its financial success, in part by fashioning an ethical culture within the corporation. He spearheaded efforts to improve …

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Economic Competitiveness

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (16:04): The member for Bowman went through a number of facts, but the problem is that listeners were not able to see that the member for Bowman employs a fact kaleidoscope. He picks up his notes, he rolls them into a column and then he just twists that paper until it spits out the type of rhetoric that he put forward then. On a whole range of levels he puts statements forward that look great through the fact kaleidoscope but they do …

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ADJOURNMENT Apple Australia

ADJOURNMENT Apple Australia

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (22:18): In February, during a debate on another matter in this place, I had reason to reflect on the Australian operations of Apple. At the time news reports revealed that after generating over $6 billion in revenue here, Apple paid only $40 million in tax—apparently because it racked up $5.5 billion in costs. Trying to get a breakdown of these costs is hard to track down and even harder to understand, considering it does no local product R&D or manufacture.

Following months …

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Federation Chamber Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014 Second Reading

Federation Chamber Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2013-2014, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2013-2014 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (19:01): I rise to speak on the appropriation bills—bills that have been framed in an challenging economic environment. This budget seeks to chart the most appropriate course of action for the long-term prosperity of our nation. It is a budget aimed squarely at making Australia stronger, smarter and fairer through investment in infrastructure, schools and social reform. Having all but come through the biggest downturn our economy has confronted since the forties, this is the time for us to ease back on …

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National Electricity Bill 2012 (Fed Chamber)

National Electricity Bill 2012 (Fed Chamber)

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (11:48):  Keep it down, member for Kooyong. I am trying to concentrate on a very important issue. The government and a lot of people recognise the need to make reforms to the electricity sector, particularly with the objective of reducing the pressure on household budgets. I have no doubt this is what has motivated the member for Lyne. A lot of what he said in the House back in October—having read his speech—I have some sympathy with. That said, however, the government …

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS Good Morning Bangladesh

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (13:46):  Earlier this month I was honoured to be invited to attend the Good Morning Bangladesh event along with the members for Greenway and Parramatta, the Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Len Robinson, and the state member for Blacktown, John Robertson.

This year was the 13th year this fundraising morning tea has been held at the Blacktown Village Green. Good Morning Bangladesh has become an important social event for the Sydney Bangladeshi community but it also has a more serious focus. Joining …

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2013 Rooty Hill RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Veterans, members of the Rooty Hill RSL Sub Branch, representatives of our defence personnel, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

The darkness of the pre-dawn is eerily unfamiliar.

For many, these still moments are a time for quiet thought.

For others, expectations stir at the promise of events anticipated.

And for some there is the futile wish that the darkness might continue, holding back time and tide.

At this moment, 98 years ago, these thoughts probably joined in a confused combination for the scores of young men crammed in long boats, …

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Federation Chamber PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Human Rights: Bangladesh

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (20:35): At the outset I seek leave to amend my own motion by omitting paragraph (2) and replacing it with a new paragraph as circulated in my name:

(2) shows concern at recent violence and reports of human rights violations in Bangladesh, expresses regret at the loss of life and injuries involved, and calls on all parties to exercise restraint and to advocate non-violence; and

Leave granted.

Mr HUSIC: One of the great privileges I have enjoyed as a member of parliament over the …

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STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS Chifley Electorate: Local Environment Plan

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (13:58): I do not know how to follow that, Speaker; I still have lava all over me! I wanted to mention to the House that yesterday I took the opportunity of meeting about a hundred local residents concerned about a big issue in our council area: the draft local environmental plan that is affecting our area. Residents are worried the proposals would see their homes rezoned and used for recreational space. Literally hundreds of residents across the City of Blacktown, who …

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BILLS Tax Laws Amendment (Countering Tax Avoidance and Multinational Profit Shifting) Bill 2013 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (13:39): I actually think my colleagues the member for Fraser and the member for Throsby are being too hard, because they need to appreciate that those opposite do have consistency. When it comes to issues of revenue and whether or not the taxation base of this country is being eroded, you have to know that they will not do anything about it. It has been there for decades. They had their little game where they were trying to track down the …

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ADJOURNMENT Creative Australia

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (16:45): I would like to start by praising the significant announcement yesterday by the Minister for the Arts of new investment for a national cultural policy—Creative Australia. While this new policy is multifaceted, I would like to voice my support in particular for the boost in spending on preserving and encouraging the use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Indigenous languages to $54 million over the next four years. This new policy is in response to recommendations of the report of …

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“M4 & M5 Extensions” Question Without Notice – Parliament House

ED HUSIC (Member for Chifley) – My question is to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.  How will the government’s infrastructure investment plans help commuters travelling from Sydney’s west to the city and how will they help move freight more quickly into Port Botany?  How do these plans compare to other proposals?

 

 

ANTHONY ALBANESE – I thank the Member for Chifley for his question.   Indeed, I was with the Member for Chifley, other Western Sydney members and the Prime Minister last week when we announced our …

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Federation Chamber MINISTERIAL STATEMENTS Closing the Gap

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (11:39): When the Prime Minister gave a statement on Closing the Gap last month, she delivered a report card that showed the government was well on its way to reaching its targets. In fact, in her speech the Prime Minister was able to tick off the first of these Closing the Gap targets—that being providing access to early childhood education to all four-year-olds in remote communities. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd outlined this ambitious plan in 2008 and set the target …

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Federation Chamber ADJOURNMENT Sri Lankan Refugees

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (12:55): I rise to speak to join the thousands of Australian Tamil constituents in the Chifley electorate—joined by those who live in the electorates of Greenway and Parramatta—to express my utter disbelief at some extraordinary events that unfolded right here in Canberra this week. Earlier in the week, shadow foreign minister Julie Bishop and shadow immigration minister Scott Morrison effectively re-announced not only a short-sighted policy but one that potentially breaches international law. It was not just the re-announcement that was …

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Federation Chamber BILLS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (12:27): For some time now there has been some debate and discussion in many quarters within the community about the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the most critical document to our nation, the Australian Constitution. These conversations have been ongoing. They have been across many places. They have in some cases generated agreement and in other cases not. Having said that, people do recognise that a Constitution that aims to bind all people within one country should …

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BILLS National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (13:30): We are not often placed in the position to be associated with something that will later be referred to as historic, but being a member of this parliament charged with ushering in the reality of the National Disability Insurance Bill and being able to bear witness to this is truly humbling. It is with great honour that I am able to rise in support of this bill, which takes us a step closer to something that so many in the …

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International Tax Agreements Amendment Bill 2012

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (11:34):  We are here today to talk about the amendment bill for the international tax agreements of 1953 designed to cover a number of jurisdictions—chiefly, Mauritius, Marshall Islands and India—and, in particular, to deal with a number of issues arising from the taxation of profits and cross-border services. The agreement with India, as indicated by the Assistant Treasurer in his second reading speech, is basically a protocol that will amend the Australia-India tax treaty, which was signed well over two years …

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Federation Chamber ADJOURNMENT Chifley Electorate: Diabetes

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (12:09): In the course of my election campaign and then becoming an MP I undertook to make sure that I kept in regular contact with GPs in my area just to get a sense of the health issues that affect the Chifley electorate. They told me that the three biggest issues that affected people in our area and concerned them the most were cardiovascular disease, the number of young people presenting with signs of obesity and diabetes. For some of these—for …

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Asylum Seekers

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (16:17): I hate to begin my contribution with a confession such as this, but I have to confess that I missed the member for Cook’s contribution to the debate on this MPI. Luckily for me, the member for Holt and the member for Lyons are here to tell me what he said. I imagine that the member for Cook said that border management is a joke. He probably said that we should never have changed what those opposite did. He probably …

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BILLS Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (13:02): In his speech on this bill, the Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012, the member for Cook referred to the greatest region of the country, Western Sydney, and talked about the fact that he had been out there quite a bit. Out in my region, in RSLs and clubs, they often have hypnosis acts where the hypnotist will call people up from the crowd and hypnotise them. It is quite often the case that the hypnotist …

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Rememberance Day 2012

I am honoured to address this Remembrance Day service here today and would like to acknowledge that we have gathered on Darug land and I pay my respects to elders past and present of all Australia’s Indigenous people.

It’s been 94 years since gunfire stopped on the Western Front, ending four years of warfare that forever changed the face of Australia and the world.

The war of 1914 – 1918, in many respects, forced maturity on a young nation quicker, more painfully, than most would expect.

Today we …

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Carbon Pricing

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (16:21): I see in the galleries, proudly, a number of representatives of Sikh Australians, drawn here from all over the country Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh. It is very good to see you all here. We reached a milestone this week. for a while I have been grateful to receive bulletins from the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency helpfully correcting a number of inaccuracies that are being peddled in reference to the introduction of the carbon …

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Federation Chamber ADJOURNMENT Chifley Electorate: No School No Play Initiative

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (11:08): I have said before in this place that I represent a young electorate. About 15 per cent of people in the Blacktown local government area are under 30 and, in the electorate I am proud to represent, about a third of people are under the age of 19. This means that preparing young people for life after school is a big focus for many families, parents, schools and community organisations. In consideration of this, it was a delight to be …

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Constituency Statement: Ivan Morris and Aunty Mavis Halvorson

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (09:52):  Many in our electorate of Chifley were saddened recently to hear of the passing of two special individuals. In this place, we have an opportunity to reflect on large figures who shape public life, and, in our community, Mr Ivan Morris and Aunty Mavis Halvorson shaped the lives of so many. It is fitting that people so valuable to our community fabric have the opportunity to be honoured in our nation’s parliament.

I will start by paying tribute to Mr Ivan …

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Federation Chamber PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Asylum Seekers: Sri Lanka

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (19:22): Without doubt, one of the few things that nearly everyone in this place agrees upon is that the arrival of asylum seekers by sea presents a massive and unacceptable risk to both those making the journey and those forced to rescue asylum seekers who have met with misfortune because they have fallen foul of that risk. While there is major agreement about this, there is massive disagreement in finding a way forward to manage this risk. In an effort to …

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Statements By Members – Chifley Electorate: Football

Back in March, I stood in this place to voice my support for the creation of Western Sydney’s own A-League team.

At the time I wasn’t aware that Football Federation of Australia was well advanced in its plans to deliver upon the dreams of many in our great region.

Nearly 10,000 people play the beautiful game in the Chifley electorate – and I’m the proud patron of the mighty Mount Druitt Town Rangers FC.  Football’s in our blood.

Last Thursday I had the huge honour of attending the …

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Federation Chamber – Constituency Statement: St Michael’s Primary School

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (09:57):  Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend a special event where friends, family and teachers, past and present, gathered at the Blacktown Workers Club to celebrate a special event that took place in 1962—the first time the doors were opened at St Michael’s Primary School. There was a room at the Blacktown Workers Club full of good memories and great humour. St Michael’s has been such a valued member of our local community in Blacktown for so many years, …

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE Multiculturalism

 Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (14:05): My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister update the House on the work of the Australian Multicultural Council that the government established last year, and why does mutual respect and tolerance form the foundation of Australian multiculturalism?

Ms GILLARD (Lalor—Prime Minister) (14:05): I do very much thank the member for Chifley for raising this question. A number of us in this parliament had what was the very special privilege last night of attending a first ever Australian …

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Federation Chamber ADJOURNMENT Chifley Electorate: Achievements

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (11:58): Today I want to celebrate some special achievements in the Chifley electorate by people who have made significant contributions to our community. First, I want to acknowledge the recent retirement of well-respected local surgeon, Associate Professor Mac Wylie OAM. Professor Wylie—Head of Surgery at Mount Druitt Hospital before his retirement—had been part of the hospital’s fabric since before Her Majesty the Queen opened the hospital in 1982. At 72, Professor Wylie is gearing up for a much more relaxed phase …

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Federation Chamber – Constituency Statements: Learn Earn Legend! Program

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (16:09): Last week I had the great pleasure of having Rhiannon Pace from Grafton, New South Wales, work in my office for two days as part of the Learn Earn Legend! Work Exposure in Government program. Rhiannon, a student in year 11 at South Grafton High School, says she would like to study law and international studies at the University of Queensland when she finishes school. During her placement, Rhiannon had the opportunity of sitting at a committee meeting, sitting in …

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Federation Chamber – Statements on Indulgence: London Olympic Games

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (11:49): Thank you very much, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to speak on this, our parliament’s recognition of our athletes’ tremendous performance at the Olympics. I, like many Australians, was astounded by how good these Olympics were. I give full credit to the UK and London for hosting a tremendous games from the very start. The opening ceremony was one of the best opening ceremonies you could ever have witnessed, demonstrating the full breadth of creativity and ingenuity within the …

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Federation Chamber PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS – Sudan

In our part of Western Sydney, the member for Greenway and I have been able to see for ourselves the growth of a vibrant Sudanese community. I certainly saw it firsthand as the chairperson of the Blacktown Migrant Resource Centre, where we did quite a lot and were able to tap into assistance from the Australian government to aid in the settlement process. What I saw was that Sudanese who were settling into Blacktown were overcoming major obstacles. They fought to get education for their …

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Speech to Global Access Partners Annual Growth Summit – Australia’s Productivity “Is industry serious about the costs of doing business: the IT experience”

I really appreciate the opportunity to be with you today at the Annual Growth Summit and I’d like to thank Global Access Partners, and in particular Executive Manager Lisa Middlebrook, for the opportunity to speak.

It’s nearly two years to the point I was actually sworn in as a Federal Member of Parliament. What I have learned early on is that getting change and pursuing issues does require an almost obsessive like commitment.

I don’t know if being as “stubborn as a mule” is a helpful skill …

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Federation Chamber – CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS – Chifley Electorate: Education

I rise to speak up for parents, teachers and students in the electorate of Chifley who are rightly outraged at the news that the NSW Coalition Government has cut funding to schools by nearly $2 billion over 4 years.

At a time when we’re trying to get governments and schools and P&C’s working together to bring to life the promising reforms outlined by the Gonski Review, the NSW Coalition Government’s cuts are a crushing blow.

No-one who voted for local State Coalition MPs Bart Bassett and Kevin …

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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE Education Funding

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (14:19): My question is to the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth. Public, Catholic and independent schools in the Chifley electorate are deeply concerned about the New South Wales government’s education funding cuts. Minister, are you able to explain what these cuts mean for my schools and for our schooling systems across the state, and how is the government addressing this?

Mr Pyne: Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Ministers can certainly be asked questions about …

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE Education

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (16:43): Parents, teachers and students in New South Wales today have every right to feel betrayed and duped. When New South Wales voters went to the ballot box in March 2011 they were never ever presented with a policy proposal that would say to them they would be voting for a cut of close to $2 billion in school funding. No parent who sends their child to a Catholic school was told by the state government MPs in my area that …

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Questions Without Notice: National Broadband Network

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (15:08): My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Why is the National Broadband Network important for Australia’s economic future, and how is support for the NBN being demonstrated?

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler—Leader of the House and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport) (15:09): I thank the member for Chifley for his question and for his ongoing interest in the National Broadband Network and in ensuring that Australia’s telecommunications are the best they can be. …

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Australian Greens’ Policy Costings

Mr HUSIC (Chifley—Government Whip) (20:44): I actually do not want to give a hard time to the member for Mayo because he is having a hard time as it is. I think he is doing some very important work on the other side in trying to improve their economic literacy. But he is having a hard time because he, the member for Casey, the member for Kooyong and the member for Higgins—a reservoir of talent there—have been overshadowed by an economic titan in the form …

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