Day for Daniel
It was great to see the massive support locally and around Australia for Day for Daniel.
Denise and Bruce Morcombe and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are commended for their ongoing efforts at promoting child safety so effectively.
I organised Parliamentary Day for Daniel again in the Australian Parliament and it was encouraging to get such a wonderful and enthusiastic response to this important cause.
I also wrote to all presiding officers of all state and territory parliaments and the parliament of New Zealand, encouraging their involvement.
Fisher Australia Day Awards
Nominations are now open for the Fisher Community Australia Day Awards 2012.
This is the 13th annual holding of the awards, which were started in 2000 by me to provide an opportunity to recognise those who work to make a positive difference in their community.
Nominations can be made for a variety of endeavours, from community services, industry and commerce, the arts and sport. Nominees will also be considered for the prestigious Fisher Citizen of the Year, the Fisher Junior Citizen of the Year and the Wortley Youth Encouragement Award. Community Organisations can be nominated for the Des Scanlan Memorial Award. Nominations for this award are open to all community organisations doing valuable, and often unrecognised, work in the Fisher electorate. Nomination forms are available from my office or by phoning 07-5444 4888. Nominations close on 16 December.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission advises that it is concerned about misleading conduct by door-to-door energy firm sales by energy firms, particularly when it involves the elderly and those with a limited skills in English.
The ACCC warns that misleading practices will attract severe penalties fro each contravention of the guidelines of up to $220,000 for individuals and as high as $1.1 million for companies.
Retailers need to ensure that the agents they employ for door-to-door marketing are complying with the law. If a retailer’s agent breaks the law, not only is the agent liable, but the retailer is as well.
Details are available at: www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1007291/fromItemId/142 and general inquiries about the issues can be directed to the infocentre at 1300 302 502
Those wishing to sign my petition calling for the widening of the Bruce Highway between Caboolture and the Sunshine Coast to six lanes can sign it at my office at Buddina or at the office of Andrew Powell MP at Maleny.