Entries for February 2013

Appropriation Bill

Rowan Ramsey  I come to Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2012-2013 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2012-2013, which are formulated on the basis of the figures that were put into MYEFO back in October, now admitted by the Treasurer to be pretty much useless because it seems they cannot give the Austr... ... more


Mr RAMSEY (Grey) (19:57): A friend of mine once told me, when speaking of opportunity and politics, that every now and then the little duckies all line up and you just have to go for it. He was right. For a National Disability Insurance Scheme, the little duckies have almost all aligned. Perhaps the... ... more

Education Bill

Mr RAMSEY (Grey) (17:54): I rise to support the member for Sturt's amendment. But I am gobsmacked that we are debating the Australian Education Bill 2012 now, and I must say that I am somewhat personally insulted that we are doing so. I am the deputy chair of the House Standing Committee on Educatio... ... more

Native Title

Mr RAMSEY (Grey) (22:09): The recent decision of the government to cease to fund landholders participating in negotiations to reach voluntary Indigenous land use agreements is a one-sided, thoughtless and ultimately counterproductive move by the government. I have been unable to ascertain the saving... ... more

International Fund For Agricultural Development Amendment Bill

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, was first established in 1977 and Australia was one of the founding nations. Before we withdrew from IFAD in 2004, we had contributed more than $50 billion. IFAD was founded to help the rural poor overcome poverty. That is a very important r... ... more

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