Federal Member for Kingston

Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development

Shadow Minister for Youth

Fighting For Us

Speeches in Parliament

Speech: Women participation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:40): Tonight I rise to speak about an important issue for our nation, and that is the issue of trying to get more women participating in STEM disciplines. I have said in the House numerous times that women remain significantly underrepresented in our universities; comprising just 20 per cent of enrolments in engineering and other related technologies, and only 14 per cent of enrolments in information technology.

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Speech: University Fees

I rise on this incredibly important matter of public importance—that is, the Prime Minister's continued love affair with $100,000 degrees. It is so unfortunate that, despite this legislation being rejected by the this parliament on two occasions, the Prime Minister and the Minister for Education seem obsessed with bringing it back a third time. I have a message for the Prime Minister and for the Minister for Education: this is a dud of a policy.

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Speech: Bluestocking Week & STEM

This week, celebrated right across our campuses, is Bluestocking Week —an important time to acknowledge and celebrate the participation and contribution that women have made to higher education in Australia and also, importantly, to look at the barriers that still exist for women at universities and right across our country.

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Speech: Keep Australia Post Lonsdale Open

I rise today to share the deep concern of many of my constituents and small businesses about the recent announcement that Australia Post will close its Lonsdale Business Centre in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. This will have a big impact on many residents and businesses that have relied on this important centre to do business.

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Speech: Jobs for the New Economy & National TAFE Day

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (15:30): The member for Bradfield asked why we continue to raise this issue of jobs for the new economy as a matter of public importance. Unlike those on that side of the House, we think it is important. We think that preparing our workers and our workforce for the jobs of the new economy is important.

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Speech: Cuts to Community Services and Arts Funding in South Australia

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:30): I rise today to highlight to the House the Abbott government's continued attack on South Australian communities, particularly their refusal to reverse their decision for the $270 million cuts to community services that are hitting right now in my electorate of Kingston as well as right around Australia. As a result many community services, including family and parenting support, emergency relief, financial counselling services and settlement services, will be axed on 30 June this year.

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Speech: Education and Health Funding

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:58): Not content with ripping out money from our schools and hospitals in the last budget, we now know that this government has a secret plan to abandon schools of Australia and indeed the hospitals of Australia.

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Grievance Debate: Education Funding

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:49): I rise today to shine a light on the government's serial neglect of education in this country. I thought that, while the Minister for Education has been preoccupied with university deregulation, he was neglecting our schools with cuts to funding. But today I see that he has a much more sinister
plan for our schools, and that is to destroy the universal nature of preschool, primary and secondary education in this country.

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Speech: Abbott's Attack on Pensioners

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (11:38): Here before the parliament we have the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Fair and Sustainable Pensions) Bill 2015—legislation that is not only unfair but represents two broken promises by the Liberal Party, two broken promises by our Prime Minister. The first is those famous words that then opposition leader and now Prime Minister said: he would make no changes to the pension. This is the second lot of changes the government have tried to make to the pension.
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Speech: Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (13:47): It is my pleasure to report that I recently was involved in Australia's Biggest Morning Tea with residents at the Aldinga Shores retirement village, as well as the Moana Mews Retirement Village. It was fantastic that residents were all involved in raising money for this very important cause, the Cancer Council.
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