THE BIG HOUSE: Page MP Kevin Hogan with children from St Joseph's Coraki on a visit to Canberra.
THE BIG HOUSE: Page MP Kevin Hogan with children from St Joseph's Coraki on a visit to Canberra. Contributed

Students show insight on visit to nation's capital

IT WAS great to have St Joseph's Primary School from Woodburn and St Joseph's from Coraki both visiting Parliament in Canberra recently.

The students asked insightful questions and were shown around Parliament House.

I would like to thank the teachers and parents who travelled with them.

Page MP Kevin Hogan with children from St Joseph's Woodburn on a visit to Canberra.
Page MP Kevin Hogan with children from St Joseph's Woodburn on a visit to Canberra. Contributed

Facilities upgrade

Last week I announced a grant of more than $10,000 to help improve the facilities at Bentley Hall.

The grant will allow the trust to upgrade the toilet facilities, which were built by volunteer labour back in the 1970s and are not up to the standard for preschools.

The hall currently hosts three mornings of preschool, two evenings of exercise classes, and on most weekends there is at least one community event.

Big banks probed

Early this month, I spent several days cross-examining the bosses of Australia's big four banks as part of Parliament's Economics Committee.

This was the first time these CEOs have been called before the powerful Economics Committee.

I am of the opinion we need a tribunal to monitor the banks. If someone has a problem with a bank there needs to be an independent process that can help bank customers.

Over these three days, much was learnt and achieved, and now we will put forward our recommendations to the Treasurer.

Tax rethink

Recently, we had a great win with the Backpacker Tax slashed to 19%.

This is a big win for regional Australia, and will be great for the 800 workers at the Blueberry farmers at Tabulam.



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