My speech in Parliament on Community Hubs and schools in Calwell - 5 Sept, 2017

I spoke in parliament about the wonderful local primary schools who are part of the broader Community Hubs network, and of my recent visits to the hubs as well as to Sirius College with Shadow Minister for Schools Andrew Giles.

Sadly, our visit was held directly after the last Parliamentary sitting week in August, so Senator Hanson’s burqa stunt was an issue that the students of Sirius College were very keen to talk about.

These confident, intelligent young women could not comprehend how the dignity of our Australian Senate could be so publicly disgraced by the opportunistic actions of Senator Hanson.

I reassured them, that Senator Hanson would be, but a passing phase and that the future of this country lay in the intelligence, resilience and dignity of its young people - young people such as them - who aspired to go on and make a positive contribution to the future of Australia, as others have before them.

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