Matters of Public Importance – Carbon Pricing

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (16:29): At the outset, I agree with the member for Flinders in one aspect of his contribution to the House today—that is, we are at a critical point. We are pressed to do something of paramount generational importance, and that is to tackle the influence of climate change—an issue that on their side they grappled with for years. They ignored public pressure to deal with what the public wanted to see: support for Kyoto, support in tackling climate change and some sort …

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Condolences – McNicol, Mr Greg

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (20:28): I echo the condolences expressed by the member for Flinders about the death of an Australian expatriate, his high school friend, Greg McNicol. At the outset, I extend my condolences and deepest sympathies to Mr McNicol’s wife, Katie, his father, Graham, and his mother, Maureen, and to other family. From testaments and reports in the media, Mr McNicol was a driven, self-made businessman who leapt across the Pacific from his home in Mt Eliza, Victoria, to the United States of America. …

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Motions – 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of SS Yongala

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (18:34): I rise to speak on the motion moved by the member for Dawson, noting the circumstances 100 years ago in which 49 passengers and 73 crew perished on board the SS Yongala. The SS Yongala is unlikely to be a name known to many Australians, other than serious scuba divers. Today, the wreck of the Yongala lies approximately 48 nautical miles south-east of Townsville and 12 nautical miles east of Cape Bowling Green in relatively shallow waters at a depth of …

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Committees – Australia’s Immigration Detention Network Committee

 
Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (10:51): This motion submitted by the member for Cook is sold to the parliament and the public as a sincere effort to shine a light on the way the nation’s detention network is run, demanding of the parliament and, principally, the government transparency and a willingness to critically examine the management of this network. In short, this is not a call for a serious examination. It is not a move to provide genuine recommendations for the way detention centres are managed to …

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Tregear Reserve Bushcare Group congratulated in Federal Parliament

The Tregear community has been congratulated in Federal Parliament this week for their involvement in a ground-breaking carbon farming project.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic spoke of the tremendous environmental work that had recently been undertaken by the Tregear Reserve Bushcare Group, while debating the Carbon Farming legislation which is before Parliament.

The planting of native trees in the Tregear Reserve was part of Blacktown Council’s Regenesis Project which is a first-of-a-kind for local government in New South Wales.

The Regenesis Project grew from a partnership between …

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ADJOURNMENT – Chifley Electorate: National Green Jobs Corps

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (12:57): Having lived in Western Sydney nearly all my life, it has been amazing to see how the place has changed. The pace of development has been incredible. Paddocks have been transformed into housing estates in what it feels like the blink of an eye. While bricks and mortar have spread rapidly in Western Sydney, residents in my neck of the woods also recognise the value of maintaining green space within the built space. Reflecting this, state governments and councils, to their …

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CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT – Chifley-Blair Sister Schools Project

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (09:46): An excellent speech by the member for Ryan—I wholeheartedly endorse those sentiments. Statistically, Australians are the most charitable people in the world and, since the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, the way Australians as a nation—sometimes as strangers, or as mates—are simply people who genuinely care is not only exemplary but extraordinary.

Many months after and following the tragedies in both Japan and New Zealand, Australians are still giving and helping Queenslanders to restore, rebuild and repair their great state. In my …

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Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011, Carbon Credits (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011, Australian National Registry of Emissions Units Bill 2011 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (11:58): The Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Bill 2011 and related bills are an important measure for moving Australia towards the new low-emissions economy. They are part of a range of measures that the government has announced and will introduce in coming years in order to meet our international obligations, to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. Under the Kyoto protocol, Australia’s target is to limit greenhouse gas emissions over the first commitment period to 108 per cent of the levels they …

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS – Fiscal Strategy

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (20:20): I rise to support the motion moved by the member for Throsby, and I do agree with him that the global financial crisis was and is widely recognised as the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression—one of the worst economic events to hit us in about 75 years. Three years after this crisis first impacted on the United States and then spread through the world some nations are still struggling to salvage their economies. Some economists are doubtful that …

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS – Tax Summit

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (12:35): What a terrifically breezy gig shadow Treasurer is these days. The shadow Treasurer, the man relied upon by the Leader of the Opposition for advice on fiscal policy to help shape an alternative view about the budget, was unable to deliver anything in relation to savings. The shadow Treasurer went to the National Press Club and was unable to identify any savings to put forward as an alternative to the government’s budget. He is a person who floats policy and is …

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS – Indexation of Military Pensions

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (20:56): Matters relating to Australian Defence Force personnel have long had bipartisan support, and the question of the nature of military service is no exception. It is because of this unique nature that ADF personnel receive the competitive remuneration and allowances not available to others in the community. ADF personnel receive housing, health, family support, service allowance, ADF specific leave and in some instances tax-free salaries and allowances for warlike and non-warlike service. Central to this motion is the call for members …

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Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2011-2012, Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2011-2012

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (16:51): I rise to speak in support of Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2011-12 and the cognate bills. These bills solidify the foundation of the Gillard government’s budget, our work and commitment towards a stronger economy and better communities for all Australians. In particular, I will endeavour to speak on what this budget will deliver for constituents in Chifley in education, health, local infrastructure, jobs and training, to ensure improved pathways to opportunity.

The budget required difficult decisions necessary to deliver $22 billion in …

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Home Insulation Program (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2011

 
Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (11:39): The government is extremely disappointed that the opposition has decided to introduce this bill into the House. To stand accused by the opposition of not being open and transparent in our management of the Home Insulation Program is simply untrue. As the member for Parramatta outlined previously, the government has always welcomed scrutiny of the Home Insulation Program and we have supported each of the reviews into the program and accepted their findings. The government recognises that there were a number …

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NSW League Legends Working to Boost Indigenous Jobs

The NSW Origin Legends are teaming up with the Federal Government to deliver two jobs markets for Indigenous communities in Mt Druitt and Bathurst.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic said it was fantastic that the NSW Origin Legends were continuing their support for Indigenous employment and the Learn. Earn. Legend! program.

“The Indigenous Jobs Markets are a great way of bringing together employers and jobseekers to open up job opportunities for yourself, your family and your community,” Mr Husic said.

“The NSW Origin Legends efforts and dedication …

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$10 million funding to help ease congestion on M4 Motorway

Last week’s Federal Budget allocated $10 million to develop a Smart Technology trial for the M4 (Western Motorway).

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic welcomed this investment in Western Sydney road infrastructure.

The Smart Technology trial aims to improve safety and prevent congestion and flow break down using ramp metering and widening the road at key bottlenecks.

“Motorists from Blacktown, Mt Druitt and beyond know only too well the frustration of trying to get to and from work each day using the M4” Mr Husic said.

“I’m certain that …

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Supporting families with teenagers

8,300 local families from Doonside to Tregear could be eligible for an extra $4,200 per child aged between 16 and 19 years under significant changes to the Family Tax Benefit.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic said, “The Government knows that the cost of raising children doesn’t fall as children get older.”

“That’s why from 1 January next year, the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A for 16-17 year olds in secondary school will be increased by $4,208, and for 18-19 year olds in …

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Medicare Levy exemption continues for low-income earners

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic has welcomed news from this week’s Federal Budget that low-income Australians will remain exempt from the Medicare levy by increasing the low-income threshold.

“This is a genuine effort by the Gillard Government as part of a range of measures to tackle cost of living pressures, particularly on those experiencing the greatest financial hardship” Mr Husic said.

“Increasing this threshold will help ensure that the Medicare levy does not add to those cost pressures for individuals, families and pensioners.”

From the 2010-11 income …

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Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (12:39): I support the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011. I want to canvass a number of matters, but specifically I refer to the work of my colleague the member for Kingston and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment, which I think has brought down a very considered set of recommendations. It is important for us to step back and put all this within the context of what the government is seeking to do broadly …

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In a tough Federal Budget Chifley gets jobs and training support

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic has welcomed measures that will create jobs and opportunities for people living in Chifley, announced in the Gillard Government’s 2011-12 Budget last night.

Mr Husic says there are many measures that will make life easier and ease cost of living pressures for many people in Chifley.

“The Government recognises that in order to grow our economy, we need to invest in skills and grow our workforce to achieve better productivity: Mr Husic said.

“As our economy gets set to take off, we …

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Local businesses make the leap to cleaner energy alternatives

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet visited the Chifley electorate yesterday to see how Western Sydney is preparing for a cleaner energy future.

The Minister was invited to visit the area by Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic who was keen to showcase some of the ground-breaking initiative taking place locally.

After launching a 50 kilowatt grid-connected solar electricity system at Blacktown City Council Works Depot, Mr Combet inspected the state-of-the-art tri-generation power plant recently installed at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

The tri-generation plant allows …

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Blacktown City Council Tackles Climate Change

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, today joined local member for Chifley, Ed Husic, to unveil a 50 kilowatt grid-connected solar electricity system at Blacktown City Council Works Depot.

The system, consisting of 276 photo-voltaic (PV) modules, is expected to feed an estimated 60 megawatt hours per year of electricity back into the grid, and save 70 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.

“This commercial PV installation is a good example of how the Government’s $94 million Solar Cities program demonstrates the economic and environmental …

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Minister’s visit casts spotlight on graffiti and vandalism

Federal Justice Minister, Brendan O’Connor had the opportunity to see first hand, the extent of graffiti and vandalism in Doonside and Rooty Hill when he toured the area this week.

The Minister visited the area at the request of Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic who has been discussing the issue with the Minister’s office for some time.

“I wanted the Minister to come here and talk with local small business owners to hear how this impacts on their ability to do business locally,” Mr Husic said.

“I …

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Ed Husic opens new classrooms and refurbished library at St Aidan’s Primary School

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic yesterday attended the official opening of the new classrooms and library refurbishment at St Aidan’s Primary School in Rooty Hill, built as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).

St Aidan’s Primary School received $2.2 million under the National School Pride (NSP) program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element of the BER.

The BER is a key element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local …

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Growing veggies good for growing minds: next round of funding for kitchen gardens opens

Growing ripe tomatoes, fresh green beans, sweet golden corn and educating young minds on food and healthy eating habits are just some of the components of an innovative Gillard Government funded program designed to tackle childhood obesity.

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon today announced the Gillard Government would invest $2.69 million for phase four of the successful Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Gardens program.

The Minister announced the new round of funding round whilst opening a new kitchen garden at Hebersham Public School in Western Sydney …

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Sydney Kings promote the importance of good habits in local schools

Students from three local primary schools were treated with a visit by players and staff from the Sydney Kings Basketball Team yesterday.

The visits were organised by Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic who was keen for students to hear from elite athletes how good nutrition and good study habits helped them to achieve their goals.

Sydney Kings General Manager – Bob Turner brought with him former player and Assistant Coach – Tim Hudson, and young NBL hopefuls Ben Hollis, Jarrad Weeks and Nathan Wilson.  Coach Ian …

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Families in Chifley benefit from Paid Parental Leave three months in

Three months since the introduction of Australia’s first national Paid Parental Leave scheme, families in Chifley are already benefiting from this historic reform.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic said that on 1 January this year, the Australian Government delivered for Australian families who had been waiting decades for a national Paid Parental Leave scheme.

“Since the scheme began, around 110 new parents in Chifley are receiving payments, and 90 new and expecting parents have applied for the Paid Parental Leave scheme and are awaiting the birth …

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Launch of My Speech Competition For Young Australians

High school students in years 10, 11 and 12 are being invited to take part in a new national competition called “My First Speech”.

Organised by the House of Representatives, students need to write and video a three minute speech as if it was their first speech to parliament.

“This is a great opportunity for young Australians to speak up on issues that matter to them. It may be a personal, local or national issue, or maybe even a global concern,” Mr Husic said.

“When I gave my …

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STATEMENT: Build the rail link, leave the politics behind

I couldn’t agree more with my colleague the Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland – residents are sick and tired of the politics surrounding the North West Rail Link.

As Michelle’s rightly said the link needs to be built and we need all levels of government to work together to make the project a reality.

Political point scoring won’t get a metre of the line built.

If we’re serious about easing congestion in the country’s largest city we need to get …

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Youth funding boost to encourage culture and creativity

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic today encouraged local organisations to apply for government grants to support the artistic and creative development of young people.

“The Government, in understanding the importance of arts and culture to young people, has placed the emphasis of this year’s grants on arts and creative enterprises.”
 
“As Chifley is the second most ‘youthful’ electorate in Australia, we have lots of kids who are gifted with creative and artistic skills. We need to support and nurture that enormous pool of ability and energy” …

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Chifley Young Leaders Awards announced

The Minister for Youth, Peter Garrett, and Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, today announced the winners of the inaugural Chifley Young Leader Award as part of National Youth Week.

Mr Garrett said the award acknowledges the importance of young people’s positive contribution to the local community.

“I congratulate all the winners and entrants of the Chifley Young Leader Award who have shown community leadership in areas like mental health, bullying, health and nutrition,” Mr Garrett said.

Mr Husic said that after meeting so many impressive kids in his …

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Electronic Blue Book on the way for Western Sydney

Western Sydney will lead Australia‟s e-health revolution with an „electronic blue book‟ on the way for mums and bubs as just one of a number of new e-health projects dedicated to the region.

In the next major step in national health reform, Western Sydney has been selected to be one of 12 e-health lead implementation sites that will see residents of Western Sydney be amongst the first Australians to register for e-health records.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and local Western Sydney MPs today visited …

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National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 – Consideration of Senate Message

 

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (1:27 PM) —This is an extraordinary action by an opposition that will do and say whatever it takes to try to stop something that is overwhelmingly wanted by the Australian public. It is wanted by consumers; it is wanted by the regions; and it is supported by industry. The only ones who do not support it are those opposite, who are yet again demonstrating that they will put their own political interests above the needs of the Australian public and all those …

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National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 – Consideration of Senate Message

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (3:04 PM) —If there were anything that could travel at the speed of light, I wish the conclusion of that speech could have. It is par for the course from the other side. They have all come forward with these contributions merely to keep talking, to drag it out and to avoid the inevitable. The inevitable is wanted by the majority of the public, by industry which sees the value in this and by the regions which see the value. We cannot …

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Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Provisional Voting) Bill 2011 Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (11:55 AM) —Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this debate, and I will start by acknowledging the number of people in the public gallery joining us here today—witnesses to, in effect, the democratic process in operation right now. It is also worth pointing out that this debate on the billthat is being discussed is about enhancing people’s participation in the democratic process in this country.

The Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Provisional Voting) Bill 2011 looks at repealing the requirement for provisional …

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Speech: Adjournment- US – Australia Retail Price Differences

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (7:42 PM) —Back in January, we witnessed the launch of a campaign by major retailers to start adding the GST to the purchase of products sourced overseas via the net. It was a short-lived campaign for a host of reasons, not the least of which was that consumer backlash swamped the campaign before it got off the ground. Many consumers know that the moment they get online they can see for themselves the major price differentials that exist between products obtained here …

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Main Committee – Constituency Statements – Chifley Electorate: International Women’s Day

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (4:16 PM) —On 8 March I was able to host a special breakfast for International Women’s Day. It is the first time I have been able to host such a breakfast and it is something I would like to host annually. More than 50 women from across the Chifley electorate attended, representing a broad cross-section of the community. There were people there from schools, charities, sporting organisations, cultural communities, business and government. It was special to be hosting the breakfast on the …

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Ed Husic opens new library and refurbished classrooms at Tregear Public School

Mr Ed Husic MP today attended the official opening of the library and classrooms at Tregear Public School in Western Sydney, built as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).
 
Tregear Public School received $2.65 million under the National School Pride (NSP) program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element of the BER.
 
The new facilities also include a dedicated creative and performing arts area equipped with sinks and benches, which was previously a double classroom.
 
The BER is a key element of …

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Government and Marist Youth Care help train new indigenous youth workers for Western Sydney

Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development, Mark Arbib and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today announced 10 Indigenous Australians would receive training and job opportunities in the community services sector in Western Sydney.
 
Launching the program, Senator Arbib said the Government was providing $100,000 in funding through the Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) over the next 12 months to assist Marist Youth Care.
 
“This project with Marist Youth Care is creating fantastic opportunities for Indigenous Australians to gain accredited qualifications and long-term job opportunities,” Senator Arbib …

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Families and children benefit from renovated centre in Mount Druitt

The Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, Julie Collins and the NSW Member for Mount Druitt, Richard Amery, today launched a revamped Communities for Children centre which will benefit more than 200 vulnerable parents and children.

Ms Collins said the refurbished facilities in Mt Druitt would build on the success of the Gillard Government’s Communities for Children program.

“Families in Mt Druitt now have a new meeting room with IT and kitchen facilities and a child care and children’s play area to provide a safe and healthy environment …

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Coral McLean remembered fondly in Parliament

The passing of Coral McLean, known to many as the ‘Mother of Mt Druitt’ has been recognised in the Federal Parliament this week.
 
Federal Members for Chifley and Greenway, Ed Husic and Michelle Rowland acknowledged the enormous contribution that Coral made to the lives of thousands in Mt Druitt.
 
As a Director of the Holy Family Education Centre, Coral became a safety net for many people who took part in her literacy and education courses.
 
She also helped to establish the Mt Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre, …

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Main Committee – Constituency Statements – McLean, Ms Coral

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (4:19 PM) —I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the Canberra area, the Ngunawal and Ngambri people, and pay my respects to the elders past and present. On 13 February I attended a function in the Chifley electorate to commemorate the third anniversary of the apology to the stolen generations. Chifley has one of the largest urban Aboriginal populations in the country. Many Aboriginal people in my electorate are either members of the stolen generation or their direct descendants. The …

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National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 – Consideration in Detail

 Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (7:34 PM) —It is sad when you see great people forced to do things that deep down they just do not believe in. I will give the member for Wentworth credit: there is panache in the way he does it and it is inspiring. In many respects it is greatly disappointing. I love the fascination with a cost-benefit analysis. It was reflected upon earlier by the Leader of the House that the water plan that the member for Wentworth had responsibility for …

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National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010

Madam Deputy Speaker in making my contribution to this debate on the National Broadband Network Companies Bill 2010 and the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (National Broadband Network Measures – Access Arrangements) Bill 2010, my mind turns to an email from a Chifley constitutent, and another Woodcroft resident, Christopher Jadhav, who writes:

“I am writing to bring to your attention the plight of the residents of Woodcroft regarding bad internet connections.  Telstra has not bothered to invest in infrastructure and therefore we are unable …

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Husic welcomes new Western Sydney Local Health Network

In a speech to Federal Parliament this week, Member for Chifley, Ed Husic welcomed the establishment of the Western Sydney Local Health Network, a key plank in the Gillard Government’s Health reform.

The Western Sydney Local Health Network will be led by Professor Stephen Leeder  and CEO, Danny O’Connor.

“The board is made up of a mix of medical and community representatives—and I wanted to congratulate the appointment of Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Councillor Kathleen Collins.” Mr Husic said.

“I also note that the board is …

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Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary flood reconstruction levy) Bill 2011

INCOME TAX RATES AMENDMENT (TEMPORARY FLOOD RECONSTRUCTION LEVY) BILL 2011

Second Reading

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (7:31 PM) —It gives me pleasure to contribute to the debate on the Tax Laws Amendment (Temporary Flood Reconstruction Levy) Bill 2011 and related bill. At the outset, I want to acknowledge that I, along with other Australians, had the opportunity to hear reports directly from the member for Leichhardt at the onset of Cyclone Yasi. I was very pleased to hear that he, his family and his community were able to …

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Matter of Public Importance

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (4.12 pm)— I’ve often said that if you want to see some of the proudest Australians, take yourself to a Citizenship Ceremony.

On those days, when families are brought together, seeing others take the pledge to their new nation, you see some of the happiest faces in the country.

I have to admit my own heart bursts with pride watching the smiles, the looks that are exchanged, the arms on another person’s shoulder.

And every moment the bond between new citizen and new home deepens.

It …

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Online resources teach students everyone belongs

The Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Kate Lundy, and Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, today launched new and interactive Harmony Day educational resources to teach children about diversity, harmony and belonging.

The new Schools section of the Harmony website was launch at Blacktown South Public School and a lucky group of pupils were among the first in Australia to try out the new online resources.

“I am very excited about the new resources which will feature a range of innovative, creative and interactive products,” …

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Students encouraged to apply for Technical Trade Defence Scholarships

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic is encouraging local students interested in learning a trade to apply for a Defence Technical Scholarship.

The 2011 program is currently taking applications for up to1500 scholarships to students in Years 11 and 12 interested in pursuing a technical trade career in the Australian Defence Force.

Mr Husic said the initiative, now in its third year, offered local high school students some great opportunities.

“This is a unique award, as it’s still the only large scale scholarship targeting students wishing to …

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Condolences – Australian Natural Disasters, Report from Main Committee

Australian Natural Disasters
Report from Main Committee
Debate resumed

Mr HUSIC (Chifley) (1.23 pm)—Events often sweep us up so quickly we fail to appreciate the enormity of them at that particular point in time. It is only later, when we have the opportunity to assess what has occurred, that we are truly staggered by the impact of the events.

I often reflect with constituents in the electorate that the amount of water that travelled through Queensland would have covered an area the size of France and Germany combined. …

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NBN inquiry—submissions closing soon

The House of Representatives Infrastructure and Communications Committee is conducting an inquiry into the role and potential of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Committee is now receiving input from the public, with submissions due on 25 February 2011.

The Committee Chair, Sharon Bird MP, reiterated her earlier comments that the Committee is keen to hear from a wide range of Australians—individuals, private organisations, and governments.

“What we have been asked to do with this inquiry is get out in the community to find how the …

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