“The internet has become a central part of modern life in Australia, and it will continue to play a key role in Australia’s future development” Ms Vamvakinou said.

"Australia is currently 25th in the world in terms of available internet bandwidth. We need to improve this."

"Easter is a time when Christians remember the death and resurrection of Jesus and reflect upon the example he has set through his own life and sacrifice" Ms Vamvakinou said.

"The church plays an important role in Australia in bringing different communities of faith together, and in helping to uphold the social, moral and spiritual fabric of Australian society."

“22 March is World Water Day, and this year’s theme for World Water Day - 'Coping with Water Scarcity' – has particular resonance for Australia” Ms Vamvakinou said.

“Like many other Australians, residents living in Calwell confront severe water shortages and severe water restrictions. Urban water use and water supply has become a national crisis in Australia.”

Following on from Labor’s Early Childhood Education Plan with its $450 million investment in universal access to pre-school and early learning programs for all 4 year olds in Australia, Labor released its “New Directions for Australian Children” policy paper this week.

12 months have passed since the Howard government introduced its unfair IR laws.

Whilst the Prime Minister John Howard is publicly singing the praises of WorkChoices a year since it was introduced, many Australian’s have either been adversely affected, or know of someone who has been affected, by these laws.

Last week, an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report found that Methamphetamine use was growing among young Australian’s aged in their 20’s, with new figures showing that more than one in five young Australian’s have tried methamphetamines.

“Reversing the effects of climate change is one of the greatest challenges we now face as a nation” Ms Vamvakinou said.

“A number of local residents living in Calwell have written to me expressing their concerns over climate change, water shortages, and the lack of federal government leadership or action in these areas” Ms Vamvakinou said.

To mark the beginning of National Youth Week (14-22 April), Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP, this week distributed copies of Your Future - Information Kit for School Leavers to all secondary schools in her electorate.

“National Youth Week celebrates the many contributions made by young people in Australia” Ms Vamvakinou said.