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From your Federal Member for Dickson PETER DUTTON

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Federal Government Update

Since my last column, the Federal Government has returned to Canberra from the parliamentary Winter Break. It’s been a busy two weeks, with lots of robust discussions on a wide range of issues affecting Australians. In my Immigration portfolio we’ve been working on citizenship reform, protecting our borders and strengthening security at airports. Last week we passed the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill, which will strengthen our ability to check the identity of travellers through the biometric program. It enhances border agencies’ abilities to verify the identity of citizens crossing the Australian border and non-citizens seeking to enter our country; as well as introducing broad new powers to combat terrorist threats and detect criminals. The Bill will also specifically support the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Australian Border Force’s efforts to prevent human trafficking, particularly of minors; and help identify returning terrorists.

Dickson Seniors’ Expo

The Dickson Seniors’ Expo is proving to be more popular than ever, with over 1200 people visiting the annual event this year.

Held in Seniors Week, the two-day Expo showcased over 60 stallholders, handed out in excess of 1200 free sample bags, and hosted a high calibre of guest speakers; including Australia’s Local Hero for 2015, Founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette Wright. Juliette inspired attendees with the story of how she founded GIVIT and the incredible contributions the charity has been able to make to those most in need.

As well as hearing from Juliette, the Expo had keynote addresses from Russell Young from Russell Young Garden Designs, and Detective Senior Constable Graham Edwards from the Queensland Police Service Fraud Protection Unit. Entertainment was provided by Hot Inspirations and David Barry was the event’s MC.

The Expo is a great opportunity for retirees, or those close to retirement, to access information on activities and services in the community.

Congratulations to the Dickson Seniors Council Committee Members, particularly their Chairman, Patrick Dore, Secretary, Cath Tonks, and Treasurer, Jacqui Cooper.

I’m looking forward to again working with the Dickson Seniors Council on next year’s Expo.

R U OK? Day 

This year R U OK? Day is on September 10.  R U OK? Day aims to encourage people to reach out and connect with friends, family and colleagues, to help reduce the rate of suicide in Australia.

Current statistics show that more than 2100 Australians commit suicide each year, with men four times more likely to die by suicide than women.  For each person that dies in this way, it’s estimated another 30 attempt to end their life.

R U OK?  Day was founded so people could start a conversation with friends or family that were struggling, to try and reduce the risk of suicide and depression.

To show your support for the R U OK? Day cause on September 10, you can wear yellow, and ask someone that might be struggling how they’re coping.

The R U OK?  Website provides a number of ideas on how to raise awareness at work, in schools and at home.  There is also advice on how to ask someone who you think might be struggling if they’re okay, and what steps to take to help friends through a difficult time.

Local Shows

As always, the Hills Carnivale, Dayboro, Samford and Pine Rivers Shows didn’t disappoint, with record numbers across the board. Congratulations to all the Show Societies who work tirelessly all year to organise these events.

National Police Service Medal Presentation

I recently had the honour of presenting local retired police officer, Ray Bedford with his National Police Service Medal. Ray was sworn into the former Commonwealth Police on 9thApril 1979 after completing 6 years’ service in the Australian Regular Army.

He has completed a total of 20 years, 9 months and 10 days in the police profession.  Working in Canberra, the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Queensland across his 20-year career Ray has gone above and beyond to protect the Australian community.

For his diligent service to Australia, Ray has been awarded the National Medal with First Clasp which represents almost 27 years of service to the nation.

Ray has also been awarded the Australian Defence Medal for his service to the defence of Australia. For his ethical and diligent service to the Australian Federal Police, Ray has been awarded the AFP Service Medal with the 20 Year Clasp.

Congratulations to Ray and his family.

We’re always on the lookout for local heroes as part of my Dickson Australia Day Awards.  You can nominate someone on my website or through my office.

Marquee Hire

I have a 6 x 3m marquee available for community organisations to hire, free of charge.  If you are interested in hiring the marquee for your community event please contact my office on 3205 9977 or

email:   peter.dutton.mp@aph.gov.au

Mobile Offices

I have been out in the electorate with my mobile office in the past few weeks.  If you see me and my caravan please stop and have a chat.                                                                      *


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