Mike’s Speeches in Parliament

Deakin National Volunteer Awards 2012

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (16:52, 14 February 2013): On 12 December last year it was my great pleasure to host the Deakin National Volunteer Awards 2012. This was a great opportunity to formally recognise the work of some of our community’s greatest contributors across many different and varied community and volunteer services. There are so many […]

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New Chinese Language and Culture School – Statements by Members

 Mr SYMON (Deakin) (13:58 Thursday, 1 November 2012 ): On Sunday, 16 September I had the honour of attending the New Chinese Language and Culture School’s 20th anniversary celebrations, which were held at the Preston Town Hall. The celebration was attended by the Deputy Consul-General of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China, the […]

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Great Ryrie Primary School – Building the Education Revolution

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (09:39  Wednesday 31 October 2012): On 24 August this year, I had the great pleasure of officially opening the new sports and performance centre at Great Ryrie Primary School in my electorate of Deakin. Great Ryrie Primary School is a very large primary school with over 550 students. It services both Heathmont […]

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Vermont Secondary College – 50th Anniversary

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (13:56  Monday, 29 October 2012): On Saturday 13 October I was invited to the Vermont Secondary College in the redistributed part of my electorate of Deakin to mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment. Originally called Vermont High School, it opened in 1962 with seven teachers and around 90 students. But these […]

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Whitehorse Primary School – Building the Education Revolution

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (11:28 Thursday 1 November 2012): On 12 October, I attended the official opening of Whitehorse Primary School—a new school in my electorate of Deakin, formed by the merger of the former Springview and Nunawading Primary Schools. With funding from both the Federal Government, through the BER Primary Schools for the 21st Century […]

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Laburnum Primary School – Building the Education Revolution – Matter of Public Importance

Mr SYMON(Deakin) (16:55): This afternoon I would like to talk about yet another great local delivery of a new school building under the federal government’s Building the Education Revolution program. This one was at a very large primary school in my electorate, Laburnum Primary School, a school with around 820 students. Unlike many other schools, […]

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Heathmont Baseball Club Grand Final Success – Adjournment Debate

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (20 September 2012 11:37): Last year on 19 November I attended the official opening of the AG Lavis Pavilion in the suburb of Heathmont in the electorate of Deakin that I am privileged to represent. As I noted in this place on 16 February this year the opening of a new pavilion […]

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Adjournment debate- New buildings for Ainslie Parklands Primary School

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (27th June 2012 13:57): I congratulate Ainslie Parklands Primary School on the official opening of their $850,000 BER project which I attended on 16 June. Also in attendance was Alan Baker, the school principal; the school council president, Dr Paul Chandler; the Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Rob Steen; and many students, parents, […]

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Consumer Credit and Corporations Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2011 – Pay Day Lenders

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (26th June 2012 12:12): I speak in support of the Consumer Credit and Corporations Legislation Amendment (Enhancements) Bill 2011. Payday lending is an issue that I have spoken on several times in this place because of the great impact it has had on a fairly large number of constituents within my electorate […]

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Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Bill 2011

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (26th June 2012 21:15): I speak in support of the Superannuation Legislation Amendment (MySuper Core Provisions) Bill 2011. This legislation will introduce a new simple, low-cost default super product called MySuper. Treasury projections show that the superannuation system is expected to grow to $6.1 trillion by the year 2035. The future of […]

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Private Member’s Business – Workplace relations, minimum hours in the retail sector

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (25th June 2012 11:57): The decision to cut the minimum hours engagement in the retail sector, firstly by Fair Work Australia and now by the Federal Court, will have a massive impact on young people who work in the retail sector. Young workers, especially students in this sector, have seen their conditions […]

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Adjournment debate – Dorset Primary School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

Mr SYMON (Deakin) (21st June 2012 16:55): As many in this place would know, I always like to finish off the parliamentary week with a good news story at the last adjournment spot, and I bring yet another one today. Today I talk about one of my local schools. Just for once, it is not […]

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