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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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE – Child Care

  I am delighted to be the adult in the room while we talk about childcare reforms. I know that I will shortly be joined by my colleagues here, as we talk about the reforms that the Turnbull government is making to child care—the most comprehensive reforms to child care. I will just start by…

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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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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS; Disability Services

  I thank the member for Gilmore for this motion, acknowledging those with a disability and those who care for a person or people with a disability. When it comes to the vulnerable and the disadvantaged, Australia is a caring nation and that fact is reflected in the work of this parliament in its efforts…

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Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2017

I move: That this bill be now read a second time. VET Student Loans Ombudsman Student loans to pay for tuition fees provide important financial support for vocational education and training students who would otherwise be unable to afford to study because of upfront fees. Most training providers whose tuition fees are funded by student…

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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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Private Members’ Business: Schools

I am delighted to be up here, speaking on this motion. I commend the speeches that have been made by my colleagues the member for Forde and the member for Berowra. They certainly put into context the debate that we are having today. It is important, though, that I also put on the record, in…

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: Education

Mrs Andrews: I have a message for the mums and dads of Australia, and that very simple message is that your kids will get a better quality education under a coalition government than you will ever get for your kids under a Labor government.                 Honourable members interjecting— Mrs ANDREWS: The reason for that is…

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