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I'm proud to represent the residents of Ipswich and the Somerset Region in Federal Parliament as member for the electorate of Blair.
On this website you'll find information on the work I do for Blair and the assistance I can offer you as your local Federal member.
You can browse through my speeches and media releases and keep up to date with upcoming events.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance with any Federal issues.
$25,000 BOOST FOR LOWOOD SHOW GROUNDS
The Lowood Show Society has secured half the funds it needs to redevelop its grandstand and hall, thanks to a $25,075 Federal grant.
They were one of six worthy applications from Ipswich and the Somerset Region under the $126.5 million National Stronger Regions Fund.
Which begs the question, how did two of the wealthiest, inner-city, Liberal-held seats score $13.2 million in grants supposedly for "stronger regions"?
LOCALS WILL WAIT LONGER FOR MEDICARE CLAIMS
Malcolm Turnbull’s latest attack on Medicare will see processing times blow out and people turned away from making Medicare claims at Centrelink offices.
Leaked reports from Centrelink whistle blowers indicate that face-to-face Medicare claims processing will completely cease in Centrelink offices, forcing people in Ipswich and the Somerset Region onto ballooning postal and online claim queues.
This move will hurt the most vulnerable people in our region.
TIME TURNBULL ABANDONED HIS CUTS TO COUNTRY AND INDIGENOUS EARLY EDUCATION
Indigenous early education services in Ipswich and the greater West Moreton region are at risk as a result of Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed child care changes.
New evidence shows up to 90 per cent of mobile early education services in regional and remote areas will be closed.
This comes on top of a Deloitte Access Economics report which found two-thirds of Indigenous early childhood services – which are part of the same program – will have their funding cut by Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed changes.
Services provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Family Centres, such as the Ipswich Children and Family Centre and Amaroo Community Kindergarten and Pre-School, provide high quality early childhood education specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
TURNBULL SHORT CHANGES PENSIONERS
Close to 15,000 age pensioners in Ipswich and the Somerset Region are being short changed by Malcolm Turnbull.
If Mr Turnbull gets his way and cuts the energy supplement, single pensioners will lose $14 a fortnight!
That would completely wipe out any benefit pensioners receive from today’s increase of $3.20 per fortnight for single pensioners and $2.50 for couple age pensioners.
The Turnbull Government has failed to reduce deeming rates in line with falling interest rates.
In fact, they have failed to adjust the deeming rates for more than 18 months despite interest rates falling from 2.25 percent in February 2015 to 1.50 percent today.
COALMINERS MEMORIAL SECURES ANOTHER $20,000
The Ipswich Rosewood Coalminers Memorial - Stage 2 - is the latest recipient of a $20,000 Blair Stronger Communities grant.
I made the announcement with the Secretary/Treasurer of the Ipswich Rosewood Coalminers Memorial Trust, John Walker at the memorial at Limestone Park
THE LOWOOD YOUTH HUB
I spoke in parliament about the great work being undertaken by the Ipswich Community Youth Service (ICYS) and their new project, the Lowood Youth Hub
Watch the speech from 14 September 2016
CALLING ALL DISABILITY AND SENIORS’ SERVICES PROVIDERS
Disability and seniors’ service providers have an opportunity to be in the popular 2017 community directories: Blair Disability Links and Blair Seniors Links.
The 2017 editions will be launched at the Blair Disability Links expo at Brassall Shopping Centre on 2 December 2016.
TOGETHER WE CAN BREAK THE STIGMA, THIS DEMENTIA AWARENESS MONTH
People living with dementia are twice as likely to experience loneliness compared to the general public.
Dementia Awareness Month runs through September to improve awareness and understanding about dementia in the Australian community.
The theme of Dementia Awareness Month 2016 is ‘You are not alone’ and draws on the release of new research indicating that people living with dementia and their carers are among the loneliest in the country.
My latest Speeches
- Ipswich Community Youth Service - 14 September 2016
- Ipswich Motorway & Willowbank Interchange - 31 August 2016
- Creating an Age-Friendly Nation - 29 April 2016
- Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Bill 2016 - 18 April 2016
- Ipswich Motorway - 3 March 2016