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Canberra Report: Investment in early childhood

Labor announced last week that, if in government, it will introduce a new two year National Preschool and Kindy Program - the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia.

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Canberra Report: Diversity in the media's ownership is key for a voice

There are few things more fundamental to our democracy than diversity in media ownership. 

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Canberra Report: Labor supports aged care Royal Commission

All who tuned in to Four Corners' reports on our aged care system will have been shocked and disappointed by the heartbreaking cases showing vulnerable people being abused or not receiving the care and respect they deserve.

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Canberra Report: Let's do what we can to lighten the load

I know all readers will join me in expressing concern about the coming bushfire season.

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Canberra Report: Five reasons why foreign aid is a necessity

THE drought is terrible and our farmers need and deserve our support.

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Canberra Report: Looking back on Greta Migrant Camp

Next year marks the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Greta Army Camp and the 70th anniversary of its transformation into a Migrant Camp.

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OPINION PIECE: Dam Shame We're Not Looking to the Future

It is a statement of fact that, for food producers’ purposes, we can improve our soils more quickly and cheaply than we can build dams. Dams are expensive and in the end our farmers pay through the high water charges necessary to help recover the capital costs.

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Canberra Report: Government's policy has to go

SOME of the most frustrating, confronting and even distressing experiences I've had as a Member of Parliament have come when I've dealt with the family of someone with a disability or directly with someone with a disability. I'm frustrated by my limited capacity to help as much as I would like to help.

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Canberra Report: More needs to be done in drought crisis

The shocking drought remains one of the biggest challenges our country currently faces. Without significant rain soon, it will be recorded as our worst ever.

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Canberra Report: It's been a busy week in the electorate

I participated in three great events in the Upper Hunter last week.

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