I have written to Westconnex regarding their disappointing M4-M5 concept design. Westconnex was supposed to join Western Sydney with the port and airport. It doesn’t. All this project does is dump extra an 60 000 cars per day onto congested roads in St Peters and surrounding suburbs.
It is not good enough that some consumers cannot always afford to turn on their lights, heating and equipment. Too many families are not receiving the best power deal. That is why today the Coalition Government took further action. We are pleased to have secured agreement from retailers on immediate measures and ongoing changes, to be backed by law, to put families and small business first.
Aviation Safety Advisors from Civil Aviation Safety Authority - CASA will soon be in our area, holding information sessions in Albury and Moama, discussing major aviation safety related themes and also an update from Airservices Australia, the Bureau Of Meteorology and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority - AMSA. The seminars are an ideal opportunity to interact with CASA and discuss local issues and ask questions. To find out more or to register, visit Albury https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/avsafety-seminar-albury-tickets-35744293143 Moama https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/avsafety-seminar-yarrawonga-tickets-35716263305
Nick Xenophon has welcomed news of the first arrest by Australian Federal Police under the recently passed Carly’s Law . It is a big breakthrough and a testament to Sonya Ryan, the mother of 15-year-old Carly Ryan, who was the first murder victim of an online predator in Australia, and all those who fought for that law, in particular my NXT colleague Skye Kakoschke- Moore, Let justice take its course, but I have no doubt the law passed only recently will help save thousands of children from harm and protect them from on line predators. The law targets on-line predators who lie about their age while going on line to groom children. http://www.carlyryanfoundation.com/carlys_story
Have you tried to book your car for a service lately?There are 1.36m vehicles on South Australian roads with an average age of 11 years. So imagine not being able to find a specialist or mechanic to do your repairs or servicing when you want the work done.Long waits are happening already with 1,635 jobs needing to be filled.Calling on government to appoint an Automotive Taskforce to address chronic skills shortages across the nation and turbo charge an industry worth $37 billion.MTAA Directions in Australia's Automotive Industry detailed report reveals the industry is far from dying but is screaming out for help as new technologies on wheels come on board.
Time for government to turbo charge auto industry as new report out today reveals 27,000 jobs waiting to be filled.I launched the MTAA's detailed analysis into the $37b industry with colleague Stirling Griff and MTAA execs showing a chronic shortage of skilled workers is impacting on businesses and car owners left with long waits for repairs.18 million cars on our roads but not enough trained staff to fix them.Anthony Costello a case in point with 3 jobs he can't fill in his repair workshop in the ACT.It is happening across the nation.
Vale Dean Rossiter, third generation bootmaker and former chairman of iconic South Aussie footwear brand, Rossi Boots. Dean was a great and highly respected South Australian who was extremely passionate about his 107-year-old family business and his State. Reknown for his generosity and charity work, he was much loved by his loyal and dedicated staff at Rossi's Hilton factory.I saw that first-hand. It is a testament to Dean and the team that Rossi continues to thrive and grow in the face of cheap, inferior imports. Anyone who has owned a pair of Rossi's will vouch for their quality craftsmanship and value for money.He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
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Labor will continue to fight to stop a plebiscite on marriage equality. The idea of a plebiscite was invented by opponents of marriage equality to try to stop it, or at least delay it as long as possible. By supporting a plebiscite, Malcolm Turnbull is supporting opponents of marriage equality. My greatest concern is the negative messages LGBTI teens and children of same-sex parents will hear during a plebiscite debate. If there’s one thing LGBTI Australians – and their children – don’t need, it’s a campaign where people get public license to argue that there’s something wrong with being gay or lesbian, and that same-sex parents are second-rate. We could avoid all of this, and get marriage equality done in five minutes, if Malcolm Turnbull would just let the Parliament do its job and vote on it.
We are still fighting. This photo was taken ten years ago today. And this morning the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby brought their sea of hearts to Parliament. There are LGBTI families and couples around the country that held each other a little tighter last night. Their family, their love does not deserve to be put to a national vote. This is an issue as simple as they come. It’s about two people, and their love for each other. This world needs more love and the Liberals need a little more heart. #MarriageEquaility
One week ago, July 31st, I travelled to Ypres to represent the president of the European Parliament at the commemoration of the Centenary of Passchendaele, The Third Battle of Ypres. In glorious sunshine we remembered the fallen and reflected on the horrors of war. One of the readings was "A Soldier's Grave" by Slane, Co Meath born poet Francis Ledwidge. Later that evening I joined the Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee and friends from further afield at Artillery Wood Cemetery to remember the poet and soldier Ledwidge who was killed on July 31, 2017 at the age of 29.
I know that LGBTI Australians and their families will be disappointed tonight. Make no mistake, we could have marriage equality in Australia tomorrow, if only Malcolm Turnbull allowed a free vote in the Parliament. That's the best, fastest way to make all love equal. Let's get this done.
This is ridiculous. I am disappointed for hundreds of thousands of Australians that their Prime Minister has once again let them down. The Liberals have spent yet another day arguing over whether or not gay and lesbian Australians should have their relationships judged by everyone else. Wages aren’t growing, living standards are falling, power prices are through the roof, we’ve got a housing affordability crisis. But instead of figuring out what to do about all of that – they all sat in a room and argued about marriage equality. Another day spent fighting with each other over an issue that we could sort out in five minutes if Mr Turnbull would just let the parliament do its job and vote on it. I can’t control what the Government does. But if Labor is elected, we’ll legislate for marriage equality in our first 100 days. We’ll just get on with it and get it done.
A fantastic boost to the small town of Walla Walla, with the local Early Childhood Hub gaining much needed funding through the Coalition Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. This grant of $277,000, coupled with community and local government support, will secure local families with long term early childhood services. http://sussanley.com/walla-walla-early-childhood-hub-receives-funding-coalitions-building-better-regions-fund/
It was good to join Minister Heather Humphreys at St Kieran's Well, Carnaross, Co Meath as she unveiled a plaque to commemorate events of 100 years ago when Countess Markievicz addressed a rally of 10,000 people. Congratulations Carnaross Community for a lovely day. Not to mention the tea and cakes! 👏
No university in Australia will escape the Liberals’ unfair cuts. While Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals are giving tax breaks to big businesses and millionaires, they want to cut uni funding, jack up student fees, and have lower income earners pay back HELP debts sooner. Their priorities are all wrong. Via Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/universities-set-to-lose-12b-in-funding-under-turnbull-government-changes-20170805-gxq0ez.html
For those visiting Two Rivers Park you may have noticed the smaller playground just west of the larger one was removed. It was old and becoming unsafe. I was able to secure $150,000 from Metro Parks to replace it. I know when the wooden playground was replaced, many were disappointed with the new one. Its on my wish list to enhance and expand it. Hopefully the replacement of the smaller one will be well received.
On Wednesday I spoke at the Foróige national leadership conference held in Maynooth University. Young people from all corners of Ireland attended. We debated politics, social change, the role of religion, public speaking and the importance of politics. The energy of the over 250 young people was infectious, so much so that I donned a Foróige t-shirt for the occasion! Well done to all involved in this fantastic leadership programme. 👏👏