Speeches

Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 Second Reading Speech

October 27, 2021

This is a debate we should have had some time ago—not just a year ago but probably more like three years ago. I heard the member for North Sydney talk about how timely the legislation was, coming in the same week the Morrison government released its pamphlet on net-zero emissions by 2050. But actually it is years overdue, as was that so-called commitment to net zero. When you have a government that pretends that the need for climate action isn...

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Staff doing their best while executives get $300 million

October 26, 2021

People who have to go to the post office to pick up parcels in the Hawkesbury, and small businesses in the Blue Mountains who Australia Post is refusing to collect parcels from, from, will be horrified to see the bonuses that executives have doled out to themselves, as will people struggling with the NBN.

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Funds being used for pork-barrelling

October 26, 2021

I think the last statement that the minister made highlights exactly what the problem is with the Building Better Regions Fund—or the 'building better rorts fund', as it is better known—and that is the comparison with the Stronger Communities Program. The point about Stronger Communities is that it is equal and fair. Every single MP is given an equal amount to share between the groups within their electorate. I hope every MP does what I do, an...

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Jukkan Gorge

October 26, 2021

I'm very pleased to be speaking on the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia's inquiry report into the Juukan Gorge disaster. I note that this is one of those examples where the committee, with its key recommendations, showed the sort of bipartisanship that's really good to see come out of our committee structure.

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The Morrison-Joyce Government has failed on aged care

October 25, 2021

We support any steps that will fix the aged-care system, but this bill, like so much of what this government has done, is a very meagre response. It's a bare minimum. It's probably not even a minimum. It falls short of the sorts of things that older people who are in aged care and their families and the people who care for them should be expecting.

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Raise Our Voice: Twaha's Speech

October 25, 2021

Raise our Voice Australia asked young people to speak up about something that matters to them so their voices could be heard at the highest level. I received a speech from 12-year-old Twaha Noor who attends Richmond High and the agricultural centre of excellence. It's on something important to many people in my electorate of Macquarie—gender equality. I'd like to read it so Twaha's young voice can be heard loud and clear by everyone in this pl...

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