Speeches

Vale Peter Johnson

June 12, 2020

Deputy Speaker, I'd like to pay tribute in this House to Peter Johnson, a much-loved member of the Blue Mountains community who died last month of mesothelioma.

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HomeBuilder

June 12, 2020

My question is to the Prime Minister. Forty-one homes were lost in my electorate during last summer's bushfires. People have told me that they want to rebuild but it's unlikely they'll be able to sign a contract by the end of the year. How will the Prime Minister ensure that bushfire victims like these ones can access the HomeBuilder scheme?

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Payment Times Reporting Bill 2020, Payment Times Reporting (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2020 S...

June 11, 2020

My experience of a quarter of a century as a small-business operator is the lens through which I'm looking at this legislation. I look at it with the eyes of the people who operate earthmoving equipment, the consultants, the caterers and the construction framers, all those who in good faith spend time tendering for or pitching for work from big business, who deliver that work and then—well, then they wait. They don't like to complain and they...

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Robodebt and the Morrison Government

June 11, 2020

We now know that this scheme caused terrible harm to hundreds of thousands of Australians like Shannon, and that, in too many cases, a debt notice preceded a suicide or suicide attempt. I have personally spoken to individuals and family members about the serious impact the robodebt process had on their mental health. We learnt in the Senate hearings this week that 2,030 people died after receiving a robodebt notification.

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Headspace and COVID-19

June 10, 2020

The motion is seconded. You can't talk about headspace and its role without considering the impact of COVID-19 on young people. I speak for an electorate where we already had high levels of anxiety which are disproportionate to the average levels in Western Sydney. We have young people already in pain, and that was before bushfires. Now we have COVID.

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National Skills Commissioner Bill 2020 Second Reading Speech

June 10, 2020

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