It has been a busy few months. I have had the opportunity to catch up with many of you at forums, celebrations, lectures, visits and via email. The team at my electorate office has also been busy. We have moved the newsletter on-line and you can now subscribe and stay in touch via my website.
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> AUSTRALIA IN A MORE COMPETITIVE WORLD I In this Sydney Institute lecture, I sought to highlight how the changing global competitive environment is impacting on the Australian economy and what opportunities and risks need to be managed. MORE
> THE WORK OF THE DEREGULATION TASKFORCE ROLLS ON I At the heart of the Coalition's deregulation agenda will be the commitment to reduce the burden of red and green tape by $1 billion per annum. The Taskforce’s work culminated in the release of the Coalition’s Deregulation Discussion Paper that was released by Mr Abbott on 2 November 2012. Submissions from the public were sought by the end of March 2013. The Taskforce is currently considering approximately 40 submissions received in response to the discussion paper. MORE
> CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS I I received a warm welcome from the Australian Institute of Building at the University of Newcastle on March 25, where I delivered a speech Construction Economics – Macro Overview and Perspectives on Policy to an audience of 120 undergraduate students studying engineering, architecture and other related fields. In the speech, I was able to highlight the ongoing difficulties the Australian building and construction sector has been experiencing in the post-GFC environment. The speech gave me an opportunity to discuss the Coalition’s policy to boost the prospects of the building and construction industry. Central to the Coalition's approach is the need for political stability and policy certainty. This will give businesses the confidence needed to encourage greater investment in the industry. MORE
> PATRON SENATOR ABOUT MORE THAN PRAYERS I Over the last twelve months, I have visited the Central Coast and arranged a number of meetings and community forums to hear the views of constituents, community groups and business owners. It is clear that much work needs to be done to create opportunities for Central Coast communities. MORE
> BY MY ESTIMATE I As a member of the Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee, I took to the opportunity to pose questions regarding the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Finance and Deregulation portfolios. The Treasury confirmed that they expect the Australian economy to experience a significant slowdown. MORE
> SMALL BUSINESS DOING IT TOUGH I Small business is, and has always been, the engine of the Australian economy. The burden of red and green tape is creating additional costs that undermines their confidence, profitability, cash flow and their ability to employ staff. MORE
> WOMEN'S ADVISORY GROUP I Upon entering the Senate, I established a Women's Advisory Group. This group draws on the views of women in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across the political spectrum. It provides a forum for women to share their concerns, ideas and aspirations with me directly. I want to confront the issues of both conscious and unconscious bias that create structural barriers to women achieving their full potential. MORE
> WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? I As the Australian people prepare to go to the polls, we are reminded that every election is important. This one could determine the course of at least the next decade. MORE
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