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Ms Parke 3:50pm – The Prime Minister does not understand Western Australia, and this government takes WA for granted. The Prime Minister has said he intends to model his approach on the leadership of Premier Barnett, and that is precisely what worries people. Despite a rising year-on-year revenue stream, the Barnett government has failed to invest in essential community infrastructure and public services. Funding to schools is being cut, hospital service delivery is being delayed, promises about public transport are being broken, and environmental protection has been steamrolled. That is the model that the Prime Minister apparently admires so much.
Ms Parke — 11:50am — Deputy Speaker, I thank my colleague the Deputy Leader of the Opposition for this important motion.
In January this year, in my capacity as Deputy Chair of the UNICEF Parliamentary Association, I was fortunate to join the Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek, Senator Hanson-Young and UNICEF Australia CEO Norman Gillespie on a visit to Jordan and Lebanon to see the situation of the Syrian refugees and to better understand the challenges faced by those countries who are now hosting millions of refugees.
I undertook this visit because it is one thing to receive briefings from aid organisations in relation to the world's largest humanitarian crisis, and it is quite another to witness it for yourself.
Ms Parke - (6:03pm) - I rise to speak in broad support of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2013 Measures No. 1) Bill 2013 but with reservations which I will outline in due course. To a large degree, this legislation is the same as the bill prepared and listed by the Labor government during the 43rd Parliament. So to a large degree we support the changes it contains. There are, however, two key areas of difference in the present form of the bill as introduced by the government, and while we can support one of those changes we cannot support the other.
Ms Parke (1:24 pm) â€“ Mr Speaker, I join my colleagues in congratulating you on your return to that important position in what will be an interesting and I hope productive time in this place. I return to parliament with the renewed privilege of representing the people of the Fremantle electorate. It is an enormous honour and also a heavy responsibility that comes with representative politics, for each of us elected to this place is charged with the task of making a difference for our own communities and for Australia as a whole. I said in my first speech that politics is about service, and that this service is both to the communities that we represent and to the set of ideals and values that draw us to this vocation. I have certainly reflected on that over the last three years and, as a federal member, I have done my best to come to grips with the difficulties involved in trying to give that service effectively and across as many areas as one would like. Not surprisingly the doing is inevitably harder and more complicated than the saying, and one of the most straightforward difficulties is choosing how to give priority to the literally hundreds of issues that arise in this work.