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Funding of medical and health services - Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2011-2012 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2011-2012

February 15, 2012

I rise today in this debate on Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2011-2012 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2011-20012 to talk about a very significant part of the work of any government—the funding of medical and health services. We must succeed, in a way that is different from the past, in providing enough rural health services. We know that there is an incredible shortage of health practitioners who ar...Click here for full story

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Goulburn Murray Water Authority

February 15, 2012

We should be celebrating in northern Victoria. The drought, the worse in living memory, is over. The floods have receded. We do not have any plagues of anything currently. We have just had the second $1 billion for irrigation system renewal announced. We are assured by every expert that the global food task needs to double. We should be rejoicing. In fact, most people across northern Victoria, par...Click here for full story

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Inquiry into Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

February 14, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (10:46): This is one of the most important inquiries we can run in our federal parliament given that foetal alcohol spectrum disorder is the single, largest and most commonly misdiagnosed cause of disability and, in particular, permanent intellectual impairment in the Australian community. At this point it attracts very little funding or support for those who have the condition, ...Click here for full story

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Fourth anniversary of the Apology to Indigenous Australians

February 14, 2012

Dr STONE (Murray) (18:04): I wish to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of Australia, wherever they may be. In particular, I acknowledge the special status of the Yorta Yorta, Bangarang and other Indigenous peoples in my electorate of Murray. Today I am recognising the anniversary of the national declaration of Sorry Day on 13 February 2008. This followed on the motion of regret passed ...Click here for full story

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14 February 2012 Speech on the Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2011

February 14, 2012

I rise to pay tribute to an incredible group of communities across northern Victoria who have demonstrated in these worst floods on record their extraordinary commitment to one another; extraordinary courage and hard work. They have saved each other's homes, properties and public buildings by filling hundreds of thousands of sand bags and building and manning levees night after night, day after da...Click here for full story

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Social Security Legislation Amendment (Family Participation Measures) Bill 2011

November 24, 2011

I rise to add my support to the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Family Participation Measures) Bill 2011. This bill introduces amendments to the Social Security Act 1991 and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 with the aim of helping teenage parents and jobless families in particular. It identifies some 10 disadvantaged locations across Australia where trials will be undertaken to...Click here for full story

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Minerals Resource Rent Tax Legislation 2011

November 23, 2011

I also rise to speak on the package of 11 bills which form the minerals resource rent tax legislation 2011. The introduction of the carbon tax was a big blow to the mineral industries in Australia, and now this minerals resource rent tax requires the minerals sector to dig even deeper to fill the holes left after Labor's profligate spending.We are told this tax was negotiated with three large comp...Click here for full story

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Exceptional Circumstances Exit Grants Program

November 23, 2011

This motion is about the great distress and hardship that is now afflicting some farming families who have been caught up in a backflip, a change of mind, in relation to Exceptional Circumstances Exit Grants. We hope through this motion that the government will change its mind and put less than $5 million into making good on what, we believe, was a commitment that will give some farm families a ch...Click here for full story

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Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative

November 23, 2011

The date 27 May 2011 is seared into the memories of the citizens of the tiny town of Girgarre in Northern Victoria. Girgarre is typical of your country town: a population of about 600 people, a great little school, great footy and netball teams, a new war memorial outside the RSL, a regular farmers market and now a famous annual music muster dedicated to learners and performers run by volunteers.L...Click here for full story

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Harkin-Engel Protocol

November 7, 2011

Dr STONE (Murray) (20:40): I have great pleasure in seconding this motion, which notes that it is the 10th anniversary of the Harkin-Engel Protocol, which aimed to help bring an end to the use of forced child labour in cocoa production. The protocol drew attention to the plight of trafficked children in the cocoa plantations of West Africa, notably in Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana. West Africa produces ...Click here for full story

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