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Last week I raised questions about editorial content regarding the NBN in both the North Shore Times and the Sydney Morning Herald which appeared to be associated with payment for advertising.

NBN Co has conceded that the glowing article about the NBN which appeared in the North Shore Times and other News Limited local newspapers was written as part of a deal in which NBN Co paid for advertising, releasing a statement in which it said: “The editorial space was negotiated after NBN Co took out advertisements in the titles to inform people of the rollout”.

Thursday, 19 April 2012 10:00

Darwin Online Safety Working Group Meeting

Yesterday I was in Darwin with the Coalition Online Safety Working Group, talking to school children at Essington School and Marrara Christian College about how they use the internet and whether they have had bad experiences online.

The Coalition Online Safety Working Group was established earlier this year by Tony Abbott, who asked me to chair it.

We hear a lot about the mining boom and how it is making Australia richer.

But we also hear concerns that our economy is becoming less diverse and less sophisticated – that we are we becoming a nation which just digs stuff out of the ground.

Thursday, 05 April 2012 10:00

An Update on the Trio Collapse

Thursday 5 April 2012

For over a year I have been pursuing the issue of the collapse of a funds manager named Trio – an unhappy story which has left a number of Australians very much worse off.

Does Wayne Swan understand how his ‘instant asset write off’ actually works?

In an exchange in question time today, it became painfully apparent that Wayne Swan doesn’t understand what an ‘instant asset write off’ is and how it works.

This morning The Australian ran a story headed“Abbott blasts industry super funds‘gravy train’”, citing comments by Tony Abbott about union officials sitting on industry superannuation fund boards.  The article also reported commentsabout this issuein theCoalition Party Room,by me and my colleague Jamie Briggs, Member for Mayo.

 I've been forwarded an item written by Michael Wyre on his blog headed, 'Should we believe the Opposition on Broadband.'  Michael says I have changed my views on NBN, and cites a recent speech where I said things he thinks are inconsistent with my 2009 book Wired Brown Land.

Last week the Gillard Government made life a whole lot harder for all those Australians who make the effort to set aside some money to provide for the cost of their health care – passing legislation which will increase premiums for private health insurance and reduce the availability of tax rebates.

The Rudd Government’s disastrously mismanaged Home Insulation Program was abruptly halted nearly two years ago. But many Australians are still feeling the impact of this poorly conceived and appallingly executed program. I see the evidence of this in my electorate every day.

 

 New rules are making it difficult and expensive for experienced nurses to return to the workforce after a period of absence.

This has become clear to me following two nurses in Bradfield contacting me about their situation. In one case, an experienced registered nurse left the work force to look after children.  After a break of more than five years, she was told that to requalify she would have to undertake a course run by a private college in Sydney at a cost of $10,000.  This expense was prohibitive for my constituent.

 

 

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