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Time for a Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner?

Melissa Parke MP, Federal Labor Member for Fremantle

The furore around the MP expenses issue has again reinforced the widely-held view in the community that parliamentarians are primarily motivated by self-interest rather than the national interest. I know this is not the case and yet simple assertion is not enough to counter the increasingly entrenched suspicion and cynicism in the community. There are written standards for ministers but not for other members and senators; there is no code of conduct, no training on ethics or conflicts of interest, nowhere to turn for guidance except in the myriad regulations administered by the department of finance, which are open to wide interpretation as to what constitutes parliamentary, electorate or official business.

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Australian Aid must not fall behind

Minister for International Development Melissa Parke said the decision of Tony Abbott to cut the Australian aid budget by $4.5 billion in the next four years is a shocking breach of trust with the Australian people and will have a negative impact upon Australia's reputation as a good global citizen.

"Tony Abbott had promised he would reach the commitment of 0.5 per cent GNI. The Coalition cuts to aid would make that impossible.

"Aid is focused on saving lives and alleviating poverty in some of the most fragile and disadvantaged countries, with a strong focus on assisting our regional neighbours. These reckless cuts will mean programs that save lives, educate children and improve governance and the rule of law will end, causing significant problems for the stability and prosperity of our region," said Ms Parke.

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Highlights of achievements for this Labor Government

We began with a National Apology to Indigenous Australians, including the Stolen Generations.

We saw the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

The abolition of WorkChoices.

The creation of an ETS.

The building of an NBN.

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Milestone for headspace Fremantle

Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke today celebrated headspace Fremantle's fifth birthday with staff, program partners and young people from across the south metropolitan region.

Ms Parke said more than 3,000 young people aged between 12 and 25 had sought assistance for conditions such as anxiety and depression since the centre opened its doors five years ago.

"Headspace Fremantle staff and program partners should be congratulated for five years of dedicated service helping young West Australians tackle mental health issues such as anxiety and depression," Ms Parke said.

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Australia's oldest family company goes into bat for older workers

Australia's oldest family-owned company is now an official flag bearer for older workers, signing up as an Australian Government Corporate Champion.

Trading, wine, and logistics giant Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group has become the 100th Corporate Champion under a program that has been successful in encouraging companies to realise the benefits of recruiting and retaining Australians aged over 45.

Employment Participation Minister Kate Ellis today joined Federal Member for Fremantle Melissa Parke to congratulate the locally-based business at their Fremantle office for setting the perfect example for companies across Australia.

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Building skills training boost for Fremantle young people through Fremanshed

The Federal Government has given a lifeline to an important Fremantle service that has seen great outcomes in training at-risk young West Australians in trade and life skills.

Employment Participation and Youth Minister Kate Ellis said the Government had provided $45,000 to allow the Fremantle Men's Shed to resume its important work after the WA Liberal Government withdrew funding.

Ms Ellis joined Fremantle MHR, Melissa Parke, at the Men's Shed to deliver the good news.

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$10 million for Cockburn Integrated Sports Facility

The Federal Government today announced it would invest $10 million towards a planned Integrated Sports and Recreation Facility at Cockburn Central.

The Prime Minister made the announcement at a press conference with Fremantle MHR Melissa Parke, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, and Dockers CEO Steve Rosich.

Ms Parke said the $114 million complex will become a hub of sporting and community life in Cockburn.

"The City of Cockburn is one of the fastest growing regions in the country," Ms Parke said.

"This funding represents an important and much needed investment in community sporting and recreational infrastructure in the City of Cockburn."

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NBN rolling out across Freo, Cockburn & Melville

Federal Member for Fremantle, the Hon. Melissa Parke today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that work would commence to dramatically increase the number of connections to Labor's National Broadband Network (NBN) in Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville by 30 June 2016.

"This announcement builds on work already commenced and will see around 76,000 Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville homes and businesses connected or close to being connected to fast, reliable broadband through the NBN's fibre network by 30 June 2016," Ms Parke said.

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Parke brings armoured rescue vehicle 'BearCat' to WA Police

Federal member for Fremantle, the Hon. Melissa Parke today handed over the keys to WA's newest $400,000 counter-terrorism and crime fighting tool, an Armoured Rescue Vehicle known as the 'Bearcat'.

Ms Parke said the handover of the vehicle to the WA Police was an excellent example of the Federal Government's commitment to building our national security capability.

"National security remains a key focus of the Federal Government," Ms Parke said.

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International Fire Fighters Day message from the PM

Federal Member for Fremantle, Melissa Parke and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Andrew Leigh today visited the Cockburn Fire & Emergency Services HQ to celebrate International Fire Fighters Day with the South Coogee Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.

To celebrate the day Ms Parke and Mr Leigh delivered a letter from the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard in support of the Brigade's vitally important work.

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