Throsby News: NBN, Funding for Students with Disability, Earth Hour.

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Throsby News: Holden, HECS for VET students

Welcome to the weekly Throsby eReport. I look forward to keeping in you touch with what's happening in the electorate and in Canberra. Continue reading

Celebrating Illawarra's art culture (23/03/2012)

Red Point Artists’ Association: Members Exhibition opening speech (10/03/2012)I am pleased to be back here in Port Kembla with the Red Point Artists. The name ‘Red Point’ reminds us that the place existed before it was a port and an industrial hub. Indeed, Red Point was the name given to this place by the first Europeans as they sailed up the coast towards Botany Bay. It reminds us that this place has a rich history, which predates European settlement. A history of the Wadi Wadi people, who are the traditional owners of the land and to whom we pay our respects today. Continue reading

We remember Margaret Whitlam (20/03/2012)

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (18:239): Margaret Elaine Whitlam was a giant amongst Australian women, a colossus amongst Australian Labor women, a political leader and a trailblazer in her own right. I can think of no better words to open this contribution than those spoken by another trailblazer, another colossus, for Australian Labor women: Jessie Street. In an ABC radio program, in April 1944, she said: Continue reading

Australia missing 1.5 million voters (20/03/2012)

Mr STEPHEN JONES (Throsby) (19:29): 2012 is the Year of Enrolment. I find it absolutely breathtaking that the member for Canning chose, in his contribution to this debate on the Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Maintaining Address) Bill 2011 and cognate Electoral and Referendum Amendment (Protecting Elector Participation) Bill 2012, to celebrate the Year of Enrolment by seriously proposing that we disenfranchise the poor people who live in caravan parks and the people who fly in and fly out for their work. That is what he is seriously proposing. He stood up just a moment ago and objected to the electoral and referendum amendment bills on the basis that they would provide a vote for people who reside in caravan parks or people whose occupations are as fly-in fly-out workers. What a way to celebrate the Year of Enrolment! Continue reading