As a lifetime western suburbs resident, Janet Rice knows just how great it is to live in Melbourne's west. But there's one thing the west is in desperate need of: fast, efficient and reliable public transport.
With the current Victorian Liberal government requiring logging as part of its plan to save the state's animal emblem, the Leadbeater's Possum, and the alternative Labor government releasing an environment plan described as "as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike", Senator Rice asks what is the federal government doing to save the Leadbeater's Possum?
What confidence can we have that the Abbott Government cares at all for South Australian jobs, especially following the rest of their decisions which have undermined the South Australian employment market.
November 27 is a very important day for Tamils both in Sri Lanka and in the many countries they now call home. It is a day they remember with deep pain and sadness the 26 year long civil war in Sri Lanka in which over hundred thousand Tamils were killed and the more than 60 years of systematic Sri Lankan state orchestrated brutality towards them.
In a successul motion in the Senate on November 24, 2014, Senator Scott Ludlam ordered the Liberal Government to reveal a report by PriceWaterhousCoopers into the cost of the Government's data retention legislation - a cost that will be passed back to consumers as a suveillance tax.
Senator Ludlam asks will the government apologise to the Australian people and the 400 who have lost their job about their broken promise on funding cuts to the ABC. Senator Abetz replies "Nobody has lost their job".