As the world marks ‘Safer Internet Day’ this week under the banner of ‘Let's create a better internet together’, the Abbott Government is preparing to debate the ‘Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill’ in Parliament.
The case for this legislation is strong.
One in five young Australians aged 8 to 17 has experienced cyberbullying, according to research from a consortium led by UNSW’s Social Policy Research Centre.
The Coalition Government is delivering on its election commitment to tackle cyber-bullying, with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill to be debated in Parliament following ‘Safer Internet Day’ 2015.
“The Coalition went to the 2013 election with a commitment to enhance online safety for children, and this legislation introduces powerful new tools to help protect children online,” said Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher MP.
Member for Bradfield Paul Fletcher today welcomed the news that contracts have been signed between the NSW Government and NorthConnex project proponents TranUrban and WestLink M7 shareholders.
I have provided references for a number of candidates who are competing to be preselected as the Liberal candidate for the state electorate of Ku-ring-gai.
I have done this to provide information to the preselectors about candidates I know and have worked with in the context our local Liberal Party activities.
It is pleasing that there is a strong field of candidates.
The successful candidate will be chosen by Liberal Party members through the Liberal Party’s democratic process.
The decision as to who should be the Liberal candidate for Ku-ring-gai is one for preselectors and not for me. It would be inappropriate for me to back any particular candidate.
Kieran Gilbert: This is AM Agenda. With me now: Labor frontbencher Amanda Rishworth and also the Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher. Good morning to you both. Amanda, first to you on this report in the Australian Newspaper suggesting the Governments’ willing to compromise further on the issue of higher education reform and not go ahead with those 20% cuts in terms of university funding. That would make their proposals on higher education more palatable wouldn’t it?
Member for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher, has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to grant planning approval for construction of NorthConnex, the $3 billion motorway which will link the M1 at Wahroonga and the M2 at Pennant Hills.
“This very important project has been backed with a commitment of $405 million by the Abbott Government federally, and of $405 million by the Baird Government in NSW,” said Mr Fletcher.
A CHILDREN’S media lobby group is urging the government to help launch a debate about how old children should be before they can have smartphones and similar gadgets.
The comments come as The Australian has confirmed the government is advancing plans to make safety options for smartphones and other devices available for parents.
SARAH DINGLE: Fire crews are still mopping up a blaze in Victoria's west and are hopeful heavy rain will help put it out this weekend. But a year after the huge Grampians bushfire and with more blazes in the area last week, residents are still upset mobile phone coverage hasn't been fixed in high risk areas. During last week's emergency at Moyston in the Grampians, more than 3,000 sheep were lost and two homes were destroyed. The Federal Government still hasn't decided which areas are first in line for network upgrades this year. Stephanie Corsetti reports from the Grampians.
Families living in Bradfield will benefit from a new initiative aimed at increasing water safety for young children.
The Member for Bradfield, Mr Paul Fletcher, said the initiative was aimed at children under five and teaching them about water safety.