Will the AUSFTA be in Australia's national interest?

I am one of the millions of Australians who have not yet managed to read the 1,100 pages of the document known as the proposed free trade agreement.

RIP 1943 - 2003

In public life we come across people from all walks of life, many of whom in their own unique and particular way leave a lasting impression on us and on the community that they choose to serve.

Sunbury's own radio station

This coming Saturday I will be attending a very special function in my electorate of Calwell. One of our community radio stations—and I am pleased to say that in Calwell we have three community radio stations—Bulla FM will be rebadged and relaunched as community radio 3NRG at its new premises, the Derek Rigby Room at the Sunbury Campus of Victoria University.

Maria speaks on the Human Tragedy effecting young people

Youth suicide is a human tragedy affecting thousands of Australian families and communities every year. I know this because suicide has touched my life on three occasions—once as a university undergraduate and twice in the last year.

Maria speeks on the community pride in Broadmeadows

I want to speak today about the strong sense of pride that is steadily building around the working class suburb of Broadmeadows—or `Broady', as it is affectionately known locally—a suburb at the centre of the city of Hume in my electorate of Calwell.

Maria speeks on Poverty in the Calwell community

I think the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has a serious case of denial when it comes to the issue of poverty. What we have to understand is that poverty is not an issue that affects Third World countries only.

Community fight inappropriate location of planned mobile phone tower

With the bill to sell off Telstra—the Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2003—currently being debated in the chamber it is perhaps timely for me to raise a local issue for my electorate of Calwell. It concerns Telstra's proposal to build a 30-metre mobile tower in Ardlie Street within the Attwood Estate.

Maria exposes Howard's

I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the member for Burke, who has left the chamber, on the speech he made on his grievance and to say that my grievance is also about the emerging controversy regarding Australia's involvement in the war.