MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE – Schools

What I would like to do at the start is put some context around this debate and to make a few things abundantly clear. Labor made unfunded, unbudgeted promises in the lead-up to the 2013 election. Those promises remain unfunded under Labor’s current policies. The Labor government lost the 2013 election, which was a somewhat…

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CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS – Mr Andy Lamont

  I would like to inform the House of a constituent in my electorate of McPherson who encapsulates the spirit of adventure and generosity that Australians have become renowned for.  His name is Andy Lamont, and he is a 58-year-old grandfather from the suburb of Clear Island Waters. But he has been facing anything but…

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INDONESIAN AUSTRALIA BUSINESS WEEK 2017

It’s my pleasure to be here for the 2017 Indonesian Australia Business Week.  Looking around the room I can see representatives from government, industry and the skills training sector from Australia and Indonesia. It’s a fantastic forum for us to consider the future of Australia-Indonesia collaboration on vocational education and training. It comes at a…

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Private Members’ Business: Higher Education

  It is my pleasure to start today by congratulating all of those students who have taken the opportunity to continue their education, whether that be through vocational education or through to universities. Congratulations! I think that in continuing your education you have certainly chosen wisely. It is true that we do have a record…

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Gold Coast 101 Update

In November last year, I informed the House of an ambitious project launched in my home city of the Gold Coast called the GC101 campaign. The campaign set out to sign up 101 local school leavers as apprentices in just seven weeks. As the local federal member and the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and…

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