Survey Sunshine Coast

Understanding the issues which are important to you is a significant part of my job as your Senator for Queensland. We are fortunate to live in a great part of Australia, but there is more that must be done to improve our local area and get us back on track again.

This survey enables every household to express views on a wide range of issues, which will identify and highlight the things you value most. The results of this survey will be used by me to fight for things that need to be done.

You can participate in this survey by going to surveysunshinecoast.com or requesting a hard copy survey by emailing mcgrath@jamesmcgrath.com.au. 

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Senator gets cool for Ice Bucket Challenge

UNLESS you've been living under a rock, you have probably seen everyone from celebrities to everyday people complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The viral mega-fundraiser has spread worldwide through social media aided by the participant nominating three others to take part.

Senator for Queensland James McGrath joined the global phenomenon yesterday, creating awareness and personally donating $100.

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord. Sufferers lose muscle control, which can lead to paralysis.

There is no effective treatment and no cure.

Senator McGrath said anything creating awareness for a good cause was a plus.

"The Ice Bucket Challenge has come about because Dave Sharma, who is our Australian ambassador to Israel, challenged me on Twitter and I thought if somebody who's living in a war zone can do it then James McGrath here at Cotton Tree can do it," he said.

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Liberal MPs in push to dump compulsory student amenities fee

LIBERAL MPs will force the parliament to consider scrapping a compulsory amenities fee for university students, despite the ­government’s attempt to shelve the issue in the face of a big reform agenda in higher education.

Queensland Liberal senator James McGrath has told the HES he will honour a promise made in his maiden speech this year and introduce a private senator’s bill in the next sitting of parliament to abolish the Student Services and Amenities Fee, introduced by the Gillard government in 2010.

Joining him in the push to scrap the payment, which in many cases is as high as $281, is Sydney Liberal MP Alex Hawke, who will introduce a motion to the House of Representatives.

Mr Hawke said despite the government’s attempt to defer the issue, there was “widespread support in parliament for making this fee voluntary and ensuring students choose the services they want”. Senator McGrath said the issue was “too important to wait”.

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