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I've witnessed the frustration of men's sheds which are routinely denied DGR status, despite political activist groups enjoying such status. I encourage the government to consider a more comprehensive approach to supporting Australia's men's sheds by effectively granting them a special DGR listing in their own right.


It was with much sadness that I received news last Thursday advising of the passing of Mrs Joyce Newton. Joyce led a full and giving life, a life claimed too early by the cruel ravages of motor neurone disease. Joyce, together with her husband and soulmate of 45 years, Greg, have been loyal friends and valued advisers not just of mine but of many, many people, including many parliamentarians for many years.

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I invite your input into an electorate-wide submission to the aged care Royal Commission. Join me at one of three Fairfax Aged Care Forums on 30 and 31 October. Booking essential - Register here 


I was recently invited by the Maroochy RSL to inspect progress on the construction of the eternal flame—the memorial that will sit at the Cotton Tree cenotaph in Maroochydore as part of the Armistice Centenary Grants Program. The Commonwealth has provided over $37,000 towards the the eternal flame to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the day that the guns fell silent on the Western Front.


The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing population centres in the country, yet access to Medicare subsidised MRI scans has fallen behind. This situation is especially acute at Buderim Private Hospital, the only not-for-profit private hospital on the Sunshine Coast. We cannot sustain a health system where public inpatients have better access to services, including MRI scans, than public outpatients or private patients.

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'We are grateful!. Thank you for your service. Navy, Army and Air Force.' Those are the words on a sticker that is now on the cars of thousands and thousands of residents on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, inspired by Jasmin Carmel - a mum who lost her boy, Jack, a veteran.

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The Australian community has every right to expect only the highest standards when it comes to aged-care services that support the dignity of older Australians and the peace of mind of loved ones.

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The Federal Government is investing in men's sheds here in Fairfax with $90k for the Sunshine Valley Men's Shed and $84k for the Coolum Men's Shed.


“Sabotaging a piece of fruit that could be swallowed by a child or anyone for that matter is horrific.

“The increase in penalties that this bill represents is needed. We need to ensure that, particularly children who might be vulnerable are protected.”

 

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"The feedback I get from older Australians and their families, from our annual Fairfax seniors forums and from regular meetings of the Fairfax Seniors Advisory Committee, is that more needs to be done to improve the quality of care; to provide better access to care; and to weed out abuse and substandard care."

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Big unions have turned workplace relations into big business. With surging profits that defy a collapsing membership, the financial interests of big unions often directly compromise the interests of the very workers they purport to represent.

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These bills will amend the Customs Act and the Customs Tariff Act to introduce new rules

of origin and introduce new preferential customs duty rates for goods imported into Australia from nations that

are parties to the TPP-11 and, in so doing, formally ratify that agreement.

As one of the most comprehensive trade deals ever concluded, the TPP-11 is set to eliminate more than 98 per

cent of tariffs across a trading zone with a combined GDP of some A$13.8 trillion and close to 500 million

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What exactly is modern slavery? Today, slavery is more about a de facto form of ownership that is often hidden. Slavery has today transformed itself to serve our insatiable global consumer economy and its demand for low-cost goods and services. Modern slavery may not be as easy to see as it was in ages past but it's there, it's appalling and it is our shared shame.

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Under this coalition government, the Australian economy has taken off like a rocket. Our national economy is growing faster than any G7 economy—including the US —and well above the OECD average of 2.5 per cent. But, unlike the heady days of the
mining boom, when all the talk was of a two-speed economy—mining and non-mining—our economic strength
today is broadly based, with no one sector doing all the heavy lifting.

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The Sunshine Coast will soon have Australia's fastest data link to Asia and second-fastest data link to the United States due to an international optic cable coming ashore by 2020, connecting here to Guam, Japan and the world. It will be the only optic cable outside of Sydney coming into Australia's east coast.

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