I was honoured recently to address the National Tourism Alliance in Canberra on behalf of the Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb. It was great to see the industry's key stakeholders are enthusiatic about tourism's potential.
I have been very fortunate in the electorate of Wannon because, through the very good work of the Minister for the Environment and his parliamentary secretary, Senator Simon Birmingham, I was able to gain four of these Green Army projects for my electorate.
I thank very much the member for Wannon. He was a champion of Peter's Project over the course of the last three years. That was a local regional cancer service designed to provide support for people who otherwise would have had to travel to Melbourne. He was a champion of that service. We announced the funding, and that project will be delivered by this government.
Given that regions across Australia are once again experiencing drought conditions, the Committee calls on the Australian Government, States and Territories to finalise the Farm Finance Package so that it can be implemented by 1 July 2013.
We on this side would like all Australian schools to be the best in the world, but what we need is some detail. We need to know how the government is going to do this. If there is one thing we?especially the Australian people?have had to learn the hard way it is that you cannot trust this government to implement anything.
I rise tonight to talk about our agricultural industries and to ask the trade minister to ensure that any decisions he makes between now and election time are very much in the national interest and especially in the interests of our agriculture producers. Our agricultural producers are doing it tough.
I rise tonight to talk on these appropriation bills and, more specifically, talk about Labor's budget that was delivered?and what a budget we saw. Let us start with the Treasurer's speech on that Tuesday night. He started by introducing his budget as a budget for growth and a budget for jobs, yet ultimately in the end what did the detail of the budget show? It showed quite clearly that this budget for growth and this budget for jobs actually did the opposite.