Making it safer to blow the whistle on wrongdoing

I am currently part of a parliamentary inquiry about how to create a pro-whistleblowing culture in Australia.

In recent weeks our inquiry has heard from international experts in whistleblowing, based right here in Queensland. Professor AJ Brown and colleagues from Griffith University spoke to the inquiry, as did Ethicos Group founder Howard Whitton. As well as being an expert who has worked with international bodies including the OECD and the UN, Howard is a Southsider.


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Business as usual for the Big Banks

Ongoing scandal and systemic issues within Australia’s big banks have reconfirmed the dire need for a Banking Royal Commission.

Fronting the House Economics Committee banking inquiry on Friday, National Australia Bank (NAB) chief executive Andrew Thorburn confirmed mistakes had been made and that bankers “sometimes don’t get [it] right”.

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1.7 Million Low Income Australians will lose the Energy Supplement

Pensioners and veterans are among the 1.7 million people who will lose the energy supplement, if Malcolm Turnbull gets his way.

1.7 million low income Australians will lose the Energy Supplement according to the Department of Social Services. 

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Queensland ANZAC Centenary Grants Program

The Spirit of Service grants program is a program offering funding up to $20,000 for projects commemorating the ANZAC Centenary including the First World War and the Century of Service through to the present day. Round 3 is now open, and applications will close 9pm, Sunday 11 June 2017.

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2017 Queensland Reconciliation Awards

Queensland businesses, organisations and educational institutions creating meaningful change towards reconciliation are encouraged to nominate for the 2017 Queensland Reconciliation Awards and have their valuable work recognised across the State.

Nominations close 5pm Monday 20 March 2017.

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Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund

Do you know a hard-working community group or school in need of some seed funding? Or a young person looking to learn about the aviation industry? 

The Brisbane Airport Community Giving Fund is now calling for applications from eligible community groups, organisations, individuals and schools. This Fund has been established to provide much needed financial assistance to community organisation in the Brisbane area.

Applications close at 5pm on 31 March 2017

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The Queensland Working Women's Service Needs Action Now

Along with Susan Lamb and Lisa Chesters, I spoke to the parliament about the urgent need for action from the Turnbull Government to keep the doors open at the Queensland Working Women's Service.

My full speech can be found below along with the speeches from Susan Lamb and Lisa Chesters.

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Attending university should depend on hard work, not your parents wealth

I spoke in the parliament about the government's agenda on Higher Education reform.

Read my speech here.

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Labor opposes the cuts to penalty rates

The decision to cut penalty rates for hospitality, retail and fast food workers is a devastating blow for the hundreds of thousands of low paid workers that rely on them, and was made possible because Malcolm Turnbull and his Government have been campaigning for the rates to be cut.

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Local Sporting Champions

Grants to help young people pursue their sporting dreams.

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