Speeches

Only getting half the story

February 17, 2022

I would hate for this parliament to only get half the story, and unfortunately, when former Prime Minister Turnbull and the member for Riverina talk about defence spending, they're both missing a really crucial piece: they're not mentioning that defence spending also rose to 1.93 per cent of GDP under Labor in 2009-10, which was higher than at any time in the Howard government.

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Helping small business

February 17, 2022

Some small businesses in the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury describe the last three months as being as bad as November 2019. That date is powerful in the minds of my constituents because it's when the smoke started from the Gospers Mountain fire, and people literally stopped coming to the region for months.

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LAST CHANCE TO PLEAD FOR A HEADSPACE

February 17, 2022

This is the last chance I'm going to have before Budget week to plead with this government to put a headspace in the Hawkesbury. Every budget I have hoped the government would listen to the thousands of people who have said, 'We want a place where our kids can go to get help for their mental health.' Every budget where there has been investment in mental health, I have scoured the papers for a mention of the Hawkesbury, and every budget I am...

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SIGNIFICANT RISES IN INSURANCE

February 17, 2022

We recognise that there have been significant rises in the cost of insurance for homes and small businesses, particularly in northern Australia, but what I want to draw the attention of the House to is the very thing that my colleague just mentioned, and that is that hopefully this is just the start of tackling insurance problems for places outside northern Australia.

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We need to do disaster recovery better

February 16, 2022

This time two years ago, I was pleading with the Morrison government to provide bushfire recovery support for the communities hit by the Gospers Mountain fire.

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NDIS dignity and choice slashed by the government

February 16, 2022

NDIS participants are having the money that's meant to provide them with dignity and choice slashed by this government.

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