Electorate update - Budget, Small Business and the ice epidemic

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: In rising to speak to the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2015-2016 this evening I would like to touch on three or four issues from the budget and then briefly mention the ice epidemic which is occurring in my electorate, as it is across the entire country, and some of th... ... (01-Jun)

Budget 2015-16 MPI

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The member for Jagajaga talked about policy consistency. I can tell you one area where the Labor Party has been consistent every time they have been in government: that is, they destroy the budget and they destroy the economy. That is where they are completely consis... ... (13-May)

Infrastructure for Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra:I am still as determined as ever to see the East West Link built in Melbourne and ensure that the contract is honoured. This project was put on the agenda back in 2008 by the then Labor government through the Eddington report. It was supported at the time by Bill Shorten a... ... (26-Mar)

Closing the Gap MPI

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on this matter of public importance. I appreciate that, in the main, the Leader of the Opposition did not try to make partisan points in this debate. Indigenous affairs has typically been above partisan politics. If you look back at the history of the... ... (19-Mar)

Build the East West Link

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I want to express my absolute alarm over an action that the Victorian government is considering taking, and that is annulling the compensation payable if they breach the East West contract and doing that through a legislative instrument. This is an extraordinary propositi... ... (05-Mar)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition (Sunset Extension) Bill 2015

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I firstly thank members of the House for their contribution to this debate on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition (Sunset Extension) Bill 2015 over the last two days. There have been some very constructive and, in many cases, emotional contri... ... (26-Feb)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I am pleased to introduce this bill to extend the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 for three years, until 28 March 2018. In the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013, or act of recognition, parliamen... ... (25-Feb)

Closing the Gap report

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Closing the gap: Prime Minister's report 2015. This is an important report. It was instituted by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd back in 2008. I thought it was a very good idea to institute such a report where the Prime Minister of the day ea... ... (24-Feb)

Labor's record of disaster

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Don't you just love taking lectures on leadership from the man who assassinated not just one prime minister but two prime ministers? Regardless of where Bill Shorten goes from here, he will now go down in the history books of Australia as being the man who has assa... ... (11-Feb)

Melbourne Institute of Technology 2014 Graduation Ceremony - Keynote

Acknowledgments Emeritus Professor John Rickard, Chair of the Board of Directors, Mr Shesh Gale, Chief Executive Officer, members of the Academic Board, faculty staff, proud parents, and graduands. Congratulations to you, the graduands of the Melbourne Institute of Technology and class of 2014. It i... ... (03-Dec)

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