I want to speak today on the significant reduction of the after-hours medical services at the Dianella health centre in Broadmeadows in my electorate of Calwell.


I would like to join with my colleague the member for Wakefield in expressing my profound horror and sadness at the brutal killing of three young Indonesian girls in October 2005.


Today I rise to talk about the most recent spate of job losses in my electorate of Calwell. On 11 January this year Kraft Foods Australia announced that as of 31 March this year its biscuit-making factory in Broadmeadows would close permanently, resulting in the loss of 151 jobs.

Today there is only one country in the Western world where a worker can be locked up for six months for failing to cooperate with a government interrogator and thrown in jail for refusing to dob in a mate. These powers have been described by the Federal Court as:
I want to join with my colleagues in this place in expressing my horror at the senseless loss of life in the recent Bali bombings. This recent round of attacks on innocent people is a sober reminder of the serious threat that terrorism continues to be for Australians, for our neighbours in Indonesia and for the entire world community.
I want to speak on the very important issue of breast cancer, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whilst there have been improvements in breast cancer awareness programs and treatments, there is still lots of work to be done if we are to successfully continue the fight against this disease that affects so many Australian families.
As Deputy Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee, I would like to join my colleague the member for Cook in speaking to these two reports today. Firstly, the inquiry into Australia’s human rights dialogue process has highlighted the importance of dialogue as an instrument in promoting human rights.
I want to speak today about an issue that is causing great concern in my electorate. It is largely as a result of recent comments by members of this House in regard to young girls wearing hijabs, or headscarfs, at state schools.