Mr TEHAN (Wannon) (20:59): Talking about walking right into things, I think the member for Hunter must have a very short memory, because I recall reading one of the media articles around this issue which quoted the member for Hunter as saying, 'If the taxpayer is funding the costings of minor parties, they should be able to access the results.' Do you remember saying that, Member for Hunter?
I rise tonight to talk about an event which is going to occur on Thursday, R U OK?Day. It is a significant day that is growing in importance year in, year out. R U OK?Day was started by Gavin Larkin in 2009. He started it because in 1995 his father, Barry, took his own life. I commend Gavin on having the courage to start R U OK? Day in 2009. I call on all members to get behind this day because it addresses an issue that is a scourge upon this nation and one that, sadly, seems to be growing rather than diminishing. I hope that as part of R U OK? Day we can again start the debate around the issue of whether we should take a different approach to how, as a community, we discuss suicide.
Mr TEHAN (Wannon) (22:10): I rise tonight to recognise and salute Southern Grampians Shire Council family day care educator Joyce Tonissen, who has been named a regional winner in the Family Day Care Australia Educator of the Year awards. Joyce has been providing her home based childcare and education services for over 15 years. She is a worthy winner.
Mr TEHAN (Wannon) (12:13): As I have written publicly in two opinion pieces, one in the Herald Sun titled 'Greens can't see the wood from the trees' and the other in the Australian, 'Policy tainted by Greens agenda', I believe this is bad legislation, supported by bad policy, and should be opposed.
I rise today to implore the Prime Minister, two days out from the carbon tax, to think again- to think of the impact that this is going to have on the Australian community, on the cost of living; what it is going to do to our international competitiveness; and what it is going to do to her own credibility.
My electorate of Wannon has some wonderful cooperatives in it. For instance, we have the Murray Goulburn Co-operative, which has its largest processing plant in Koroit, in my electorate of Wannon. Murray Goulburn was established in 1950. It is 100 per cent controlled by Australian dairy farmers and is our No. 1 exporter of dairy products.
PRIVATE MEMBERS MOTION – WELCOMING THE FEDERAL COURT’S DECISION TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO AGAIN WORK AFTER SCHOOL
That is one of the lessons that we should learn from this. If young Australians are given the opportunity to do some work before and after school, it is fantastic experience for them and gives them the skills that they need to make sure that they go on after school to enter the workforce. It gives them independence. It gives them that sense of confidence and self-worth which comes with having a job. We should not forget this. This is why this government should act to allow students to work not only after school but also before school.
The carbon tax is a complete shambles. I will repeat that: the carbon tax is a complete shambles. This is a statement which comes from a small business operator in my electorate. It is a fairly strong statement.
I rise today to congratulate the Warrnambool Racing Club on the fantastic success of its May Racing Carnival. It was a three-day event.
SPEECH ON THE REPORT ON THE INQUIRYINTO REGISTRATION PROCESSES AND SUPPORT FOR OVERSEAS TRAINED DOCTORS
I rise tonight to support the report by the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing inquiring into registration processes and support for overseas trained doctors. I do so because it is of particular relevance to my electorate of Wannon.As a matter of fact, one of the best submissions which was presented to this inquiry came from the Western District Health Services. It goes to the nub of this issue, and that is that more and more in regional and rural areas we are relying on overseas trained specialists and GPs to support the provision of medical and surgical services.