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Dunkley Parliamentary Wrap

Welcome to the first Dunkley Parliamentary Wrap of the 47th parliament. 

I am honoured to have been sworn in this week for my second term as your representative in the federal parliament. 

I look forward to continuing to be your local voice in Canberra, and have wasted no time getting on with the job of delivering for our local community

In this email you will find:

Opening of the 47th Parliament

It was a busy first week of the new Albanese Government. And as always, there is a lot to unpack. 

I have included a short video overview below. 

National and Local Priorities

I started this term of parliament by setting out some of the national priorities of the government and recommitting to our local priorities. 

You can watch that speech here. 

Delivering DPA Status

We have been experiencing a severe shortage of doctors in our local community, resulting in lengthy waits to see a GP and increased pressure on Frankston Hospital.

That's why I am pleased to announce that my commitment to making the Frankston LGA a Distribution Priority Area (DPA) has been delivered. 

For clinics struggling to find GPs, it means they can recruit from a larger pool of doctors.

And for locals needing to see a doctor, it means they can get the healthcare they need, when they need it. 

Climate Change

Australians voted for a government that will take real action on climate change.

This week, the government tabled a bill to enshrine into law our emissions reductions target of 43% by 2030 and our commitment to net zero by 2050.

This is the first step in our plan to increase the use of clean energy - which is good for jobs, good for the economy and good for our environment. 

I spoke to the national media about the bill, and challenged all members of the parliament to be on the right side of history.

Karingal Height Primary School 

This deserved a mention in the parliament. 

Grade 5 and 6 students from Karingal Heights Primary School have been involved in a circular economy project. The students collected their rubbish and had it turned into something useful.

Empty wrappers and older containers were collected and recycled into two new chairs for their classroom.

Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved.

Paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave 

On Thursday, the government introduced legislation for 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave.

So people experiencing domestic and family violence don’t have to choose between their safety and their job.

Aged Care

The safety and wellbeing of older Australians who rely on aged care services is a priority of the Albanese Government.

My friend, colleague, and Aged Care Minister Anika Wells introduced two urgent pieces of aged care reform legislation.

These reforms will improve transparency in the aged care system and ensure there is a registered nurse on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

After 23 reports into the state of aged care over the last decade - the time for action is now.

Funding boost to HIPPY 

All kids deserve to get the best start in life, regardless of where they live or their family's income.

Recently, Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth visited HIPPY in Frankston North to announce a funding boost to extend the program for a further 5 years.
Not only does the program provide educational outcomes and pathways to employment for many local families, but it also allows free access to early childhood education for people who may not ordinarily be able to afford it. 

This means that more children will get access to quality early learning to set them up for healthier, brighter futures.

Other Legislation 

The government introduced 15 pieces of legislation this week, including legislation that will: 

  • Increase the income limits for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card to $92,416 for singles and $144,000 for couples 
  • Abolish the Cashless Debit Card
  • Reduce taxes for electric vehicles 
  • Establish Jobs and Skills Australia 
Of course, this is just a quick snapshot of the week. A lot more happened behind the scenes.

You can find more info on my Facebook Page.

Where to Find Me

While my electorate office in Frankston is open 9am-5pm weekdays, I understand that not everyone is available during those hours.

You can also find me at the following locations in our community. Feel free to stop by if you would like to raise a matter or have a chat. 

Community Catch Up in Frankston South
Delacombe Park Cricket Club
Date: Tuesday 23 August
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Street Stall in Seaford
Seaford Market
Date: Sunday 21 August
Time: 10am - 11am 

You can stay up to date with all my work as your Federal Member for Dunkley by subscribing to my YouTube channel and clicking 'Follow' on my Facebook page.

Please share this email with anyone you think would be interested.

As always, if you have any questions, need assistance or want to raise an issue with me, do not hesitate to email me at or call (03) 9781 2333.


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