Nominations are now open for LADA (Lilley Australia Day Awards) 2016.
The awards recognise community volunteers and nominations close November 30 2015.
Nominees should live in the electorate of Lilley or have carried out volunteering within the electorate. Time involved as a volunteer is also taken into account.
Nominees should not be told about their nomination as the committee makes a final determination about successful recipients.
In addition to the personal awards, nominations are also sought for not-for-profit organisations and businesses that offer assistance to community based organisations.
I will present the awards to recipients in a formal ceremony on Australia Day at Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc..
So if you know someone who devotes their time to helping others, please nominate them at http://lada.org.au/
Where's Our NBN?
Before the election Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull promised that all Australians would get the NBN "sooner" - by 2016.
After the election they broke that promise and now they won't tell us when we will get the NBN or what sort of NBN the people of Lilley will get.
NBN Co has only committed to releasing a 12 month rollout schedule "sometime next year."
That means that many Australians could have to wait up to five years to find out when they will get Turnbull's second-rate NBN.
This isn't good enough.
I've started a petition to demand that Malcolm Turnbull needs to tell everyone in our community when they will get the NBN, and what type of NBN they will get.
So please sign the petition below to lend your voice to our campaign.
RECORD CROWDS FOR THE ANZAC CENTENARY
It was incredible to see massive crowds turnout all over the Northside for the biggest Anzac Day services in history.
It was especially good to see the large numbers of young people turning out to pay their respects to our Anzacs.
I had the honour of addressing the dawn service at the Geebung-Zillmere RSL Club, where I spoke of the importance of ensuring we acknowledge and pay respect to our veterans at all times, not just on Anzac Day.
Thank you to the Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc., Banyo RSL Sub - Branch & Citizens' Auxiliary, Geebung-Zillmere RSL Club, Sandgate RSL, and the Nundah-Northgate RSL for their tremendous work in commemorating the Anzac Centenary.
Local schools also did a terrific job in commemorating the Anzac Centenary, their work in ensuring younger generations remember the sacrifices of the Anzacs
Thank you to Sandgate State School, Brighton State School, Mt Alvernia College, St Kieran's, Taigum State School, Craigslea State High School, and Nashville State School for giving me the honour of being involved in your ceremonies and for all your hard work in putting them together.
TONY ABBOTT'S BUDGET THREATENS THE AUSTRALIAN WAY
This is the Budget Tony Abbott promised he wouldn't deliver. This Budget cuts to the bone in health, education and social security payments including the age pension.
Disturbingly, it seeks to undermine the principles of Medicare through co-payments and reductions in payments to doctors to deter them from bulk-billing.
It smashes education payments to the states and health grants to hospitals by withdrawing at least $80 billion from the states. This will flow through to every school in the country and to every hospital.
It looks very much like the Federal Government is washing its hands of supporting schools and moving out of the hospital system as an attempt to set up an agenda to lift the GST as a new source of funding for the states.
When it comes to pensions, the changes to indexation and the new eligibility criteria will slice the incomes of millions of low income families and low income pensions.
The fuel tax increase is going to hurt people on lower incomes, this in addition to cuts to family payments.
Last year, Abbott and Hockey doubled the deficits over the forward estimates by $68 billion and now they're claiming to have halved them.
The cuts to health and social security payments are unnecessary and represent a Tea Party agenda that is now part of the DNA of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party.
Tonight's Budget is not dissimilar from Campbell Newman's first budget and what it means for Queenslanders is an ongoing smash and grab in health and education.
There is plenty to campaign on in this Budget - school to school, hospital to hospital, doctor surgery to doctor surgery, shopping centre to shopping centre.
See Chris Bowen's media release here: http://www.chrisbowen.net/media-centre/media-releases.do?newsId=6820
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