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November 2015


Reid local is named skills champion

Burwood’s Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College became a national skills champion last night at the Australian Training Awards, winning the School Pathways to VET (Vocational Education and Training) Award.

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Boosting community safety in Reid

Today, Minister Keenan and Mr Laundy visited Burwood Council’s CCTV control room and Strathfield Train Station.  

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Making private health insurance cheaper, better

Craig Laundy MP is encouraging residents across Reid to have their say on how the private health insurance sector can deliver better value for money.

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Craig Laundy meets with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Hon M. A. Sumanthiran MP

On Tuesday evening, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid met with the Hon M. A. Sumanthiran MP, Member for Jaffna District in the Sri Lankan Parliament.

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October 2015


Reid residents to have their say on proposed Western Sydney Airport

Residents of Reid can now have their say on the development of a Western Sydney Airport, with the Australian Government releasing the draft Airport Plan and the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public consultation.

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Craig Laundy MP to chair Standing Committee on Economics

Craig Laundy MP, the Federal Member for Reid has been appointed as the Chair of the Australian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economics.

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Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence

The Australian Government is taking immediate action to reduce violence against women and their children. Last week the Prime Minister announced a $100 million Women’s Safety Package to deliver immediate and practical measures to keep women and their children safe.  

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Local employment programme already securing jobs in Reid

The Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy has declared a pilot programme to provide work experience and improve employability amongst migrant communities in Reid a success after the completion of the first term.

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September 2015


Transition to full NDIS roll out in Reid

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is set to start rolling out in Reid from 2016-17, following an agreement for the full roll out by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments.

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The Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis

Last week I asked my senior Government colleagues if we could do more to help. Today I say thank you to the Prime Minister and our Ministers for their announcement on the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis.

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Book an Apprenticeship Ambassador today

The Australian Apprenticeships and Ambassadors Program highlights real life apprenticeship and traineeship success stories and aims to boost the status of apprenticeships.

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Member for Strathfield needs to state her position on ChAFTA

Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy has challenged the NSW Member for Strathfield Jodi McKay to state her position on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) today, following Luke Foley’s public statement of support for the trade deal.

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Message to 2015 Australia-Korea Politics and Business Forum

Congratulations to the Australia-Korea Politics and Business Forum on the occasion of its second annual event. The inaugural AKPB Forum last year was a huge success, and I have no doubt that the 2015 forum will be just as successful.    

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August 2015


CSIRO AND Craig Laundy launch National Science Week in Reid

Craig Laundy MP joined teachers and Year 6 students at Strathfield North Public School today to launch the National Science Week (15–23 August 2015) in Reid. The lesson was held in partnership with CSIRO and their Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) program.

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New one-stop shop for Burwood

Burwood residents are set to benefit from the 200th Medicare and Centrelink one-stop shop implemented across Australia since 2009.

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Sidney Kitchener Money Memorial reopens to public

RESIDENTS of northern Sydney are continuing to reap the benefits of the North Strathfield Rail Underpass project, with today’s reopening of the Sidney Kitchener Money Memorial garden.  

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July 2015


Parramatta Female Factory to be assessed for the National Heritage List

The Australian Government is pleased to announce the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct in Western Sydney will be assessed for possible inclusion on the National Heritage List.

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Project launched to de-vine Duck River

Representatives from all levels of government and local community leaders came together on Tuesday to launch the ‘De-Vine Duck River Bushcare Group’ project – a project that “exemplifies how government cooperation can lead to local benefits,” Craig Laundy.

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Demonstration outside Chinese Consulate-General, Sydney

I was deeply concerned to read reports of a protest at the Chinese Sydney Consulate-General on 22 July, where protestors allegedly trespassed onto the grounds of the Consulate and took down the Chinese flag.

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NSW Minister for Emergency Services visits Reid firefighters

Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP was joined today by Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott to meet with local fire fighters across Reid and promote winter fire safety.

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$14.5 million to help temporary refugees gain better English language skills

The Coalition Government will invest an extra $14.5 million in 2015-16 to help refugees learn English so they have a better chance of supporting themselves through work.

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June 2015


Craig Laundy condemns xenophobic scare campaign from CFMEU

Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP has condemned a campaign by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) as “xenophobic fear mongering.”

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Extra funding for local roads across Reid

Local roads and streets in Reid will receive a major boost with $1.105 billion extra being made available to councils across Australia for vital road upgrades through the Roads to Recovery Programme over the next two years.

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One week remaining for local schools to apply for Sporting Schools funding

Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP urged all local primary schools who haven’t already registered to do so and importantly apply for funding to join the thousands of schools across the country benefitting from the Abbott Government’s plan to get more children active and healthy.

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China Free Trade deal a win for Reid

Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP said the signing of Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with China will create jobs, economic growth and greater prosperity in Reid. “The agreement with China is expected to provide a catalyst for future growth across a variety of areas including goods, services and investment when it enters into force,” […]

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Craig Laundy thanks volunteers in Reid community during Refugee Week 2015

As the country prepares to mark Refugee Week 2015 (14 – 21 June 2015), the Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP, has thanked the people of Reid who volunteer to help refugees in Sydney.

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Green Army boots on the ground in Reid

The Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy has congratulated Reid’s Green Army team for the excellent work they’re undertaking. Young people involved in the Duck River Catchment Cumberland Plain Vegetation Restoration Project Green Army project have commenced on-ground works in Auburn.

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Same Sex Marriage legislation

This past week has seen much discussion in our Parliament, the media and the public on the topic of same-sex marriage. I have on numerous occasions stated my position on the topic, that I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.  

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May 2015


Race hate flyer distributed in Sydney’s North Shore and Inner City

Racism and xenophobia has no place in Australian society. The flyer that was circulated calling for a ‘rally against the chinese invasion’ is deplorable and disgusting, and not a representation of modern Australia’s values. I want to assure the Chinese-Australian community that the overwhelming majority of Australians don’t agree with the sentiments in this flyer. […]

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Prime Minister and Minister for Small Business in Reid to discuss Federal Budget 2015-16

Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott and Small Business Minister Bruce Billson joined Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP and over 150 local small business owners to discuss the small business package in the 2015-16 Federal Budget this week

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$2.28m boost for local governments in Reid

Local governments in the electorate of Reid will benefit from delivery of the latest tranche of funding under the Australian Government’s four-year $9.3 billion Financial Assistance Grants programme.

Federal Member for Craig Laundy said $2.28 million is being provided to local governments in Reid under the latest funding.

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Stronger Communities Programme a boost for Reid

“The Coalition Government’s new Stronger Communities Programme will provide $45 million over two years to fund small capital projects in local communities,” Mr Laundy said

“Our community will receive funding of $150,000 per year over two years, to support projects that deliver social benefits.

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Coalition Government to make aged pensions fairer and more sustainable

Craig Laundy MP, Member for Reid welcomed new changes to the age pension which will make the age pension fairer and more sustainable.

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Growing Jobs and Small Business package to help young Australians in Reid into work

Young job seekers in Reid will have new opportunities to secure a job as a result of the Coalition Government’s Growing Jobs and Small Business package announced in the 2015 Budget said Member for Reid Craig Laundy.

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Delivering jobs, growth and opportunity for Reid

The 2015 Budget is a ‘have a go’ Budget that will help local families and small businesses said Member for Reid Craig Laundy.

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Jobs for Families package delivers choice for Reid families

Craig Laundy MP, Member for Reid said the 2015 Budget delivers a $4.4 billion Jobs for Families package to give parents more choice and opportunity to work.

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Federal funding guarantee for preschools in Reid

Families in Reid will continue to have access to 600 hours of preschool per year (usually delivered as 15 hours per week) following the Abbott Government’s commitment of $840 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.

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Malcolm Turnbull and Craig Laundy head to The Palace for Politics in the Pub

Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid was joined by the Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday for an evening of politics in the pub.

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April 2015


$953,000 to fix local black spots in Reid

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Member for Reid Craig Laundy today announced $953,000 to fix four dangerous black spots on local roads.

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Seeking Green Army participants in Reid

The Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP announced the Green Army is looking for enthusiastic 17-24 year olds in Reid to join what will become the largest-ever team of young Australians supporting environmental action across the country.

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No Jab, No Play and No Pay for Child Care in Reid

Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP said the conscientious objector exemption on children’s vaccination for access to taxpayer funded Child Care Benefits, the Child Care Rebate and the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement will cease from 1 January 2016.

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Congratulations to NSW Members of Parliament for Auburn, Drummoyne and Strathfield

Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid today congratulated the New South Wales Members of Parliament for Auburn, Drummoyne and Strathfield following the NSW Electoral Commission’s declaration for Strathfield last week.

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ANZAC Centenary Local Grants projects to mark a century of service and sacrifice

Existing war memorials will be restored and new memorials erected across the electorate of Reid under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP announced today.

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Craig Laundy MP and David Coleman MP visit new CASS Aged Care facility

Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid joined David Coleman MP, Federal Member for Banks last Monday to inspect the new Residential Aged Care Facility being provided by the Chinese Australian Services Society Ltd (CASS).

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March 2015


Craig Laundy congratulates winners of inaugural Reid Community Cup: Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation

Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation have been awarded the inaugural Reid Community Cup, after a nail biting grand final was held on Sunday. Craig Laundy MP presented the cup to the victors following the tournament, which involved eight teams playing a 5-a-side soccer tournament throughout the day.  

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Reid students to receive free dental assistance – Sun Smiles Project

The students of Homebush West Public School and Auburn West Public School will be treated to free dental screening and fluoride varnish application as part of the Sun Smiles project, launched earlier today. Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP launched the Sun Smiles Project at Homebush West Public School. The project will be run […]

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$10,000 to businesses under Restart programme

Craig Laundy MP is reminding businesses in Reid that the Restart programme provides up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) to hire an eligible 50-plus job seeker and retain that person for two years. The Member for Reid said that under the programme eligible employers can receive up to $10,000 when they employ a mature-age job seeker […]

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Craig Laundy announces Schools Security Programme funding for local schools in Reid

Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP has welcomed funding for Al-Faisal College (Auburn) and Amity College (Auburn) under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme.

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February 2015


Craig Laundy Condemns Human Rights Violations in North Korea

Member for Reid Craig Laundy MP has condemned the “systemic, widespread and gross human rights violations” of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the Australian Parliament today. With bipartisan support, Mr Laundy moved a Private Member’s Motion to speak on the report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in […]

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Boost to Reid through local government grants

COUNCILS in Reid this week welcomed their third quarterly payment under the Australian Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme. Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid said the Australian Government is providing $575 million to local councils nationwide today for the 3rd quarter of the financial year, including $4.6 million in Reid.

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Craig Laundy wishes Reid a Happy Chinese New Year

From my family, to all Australians of Chinese background: I wish you wealth, health and prosperity. Kung Hei Fat Choy.

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January 2015


Review of Fair Work Laws Underway – Locals should make submissions

The Productivity Commission Review of the Fair Work Laws, promised by the Coalition prior to the 2013 election, is now underway and Member for Reid, Craig Laundy has called for people in the local area to make submissions.

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Federal Government delivers funding to restore Davey Square Memorial

Craig Laundy MP, Federal Member for Reid, was joined by Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veteran Affairs, this afternoon to announce that the Federal Government will provide $36,707 in funding for the restoration of the Davey Square World War I Memorial in Strathfield.

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Vocational Education and Training Complaints Hotline

Vocational Education and Training (VET) students now have a complaints hotline to bring rogue training providers to the attention of regulators.  “Our Government is taking firm action to crack down on unscrupulous and misleading behaviour by some training providers and brokers, and this one-stop-shop hotline will help stop the exploitation of students,” said Federal Member […]

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Craig Laundy MP Congratulates President Sirisena on Sri Lanka election

Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP, congratulated the new President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, following the presidential poll on 8 January 2015.

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