I have just finished a visit to Bendigo with the Coalition Online Safety Working Group. Our visit was hosted by Senator Bridget McKenzie, the National Party Senator for Victoria, and we were also joined by ACT Senator Gary Humphries and Tasmanian Senator Stephen Parry. We started the day in a meeting with the Bendigo South Football Netball Club, talking about the impact of Facebook and social media for a large, youth-oriented community organisation.
There’s been a lot of talk about last week’s budget. Was it a Robin Hood budget, taking from the rich and giving to the poor?
Was it a surplus budget, showing a new determination by Wayne Swan to keep the finances under control?
Yesterday the Parliamentary Committee which oversees the NBN visited the pleasant South Australian town of Willunga, in the wine growing district of McLaren Vale on the southern outskirts of Adelaide. The purpose was to have a look at the NBN installation in the town (one of the five first release sites on the mainland of Australia) and hear from some of the locals about the impact of the NBN.
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”.
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.
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.