Speeches

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing Scheme)...

May 13, 2021

I think that goes to the heart of why this shouldn't have been so hard fought for. It was recognised as an issue. I don't have an explanation for why it took so long, but I am grateful that finally, in 2021, we have this issue resolved. I hope we see the benefits of it. I think that is also the test: to see how this plays out with our local car servicers and to talk to them about it. I really like to be able to congratulate the government wh...

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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Select Committee Report

May 12, 2021

We all recognise that the need for improved mental health services was evident well before we went through bushfires in my community, followed by flood, then COVID and then another massive flood in March, which is going to have long-term mental health impacts. We knew there was a need, and there are important issues raised in this report—one of which is around affordability, which the committee considers to be a significant and ongoing barrier...

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Macquarie Electorate: Budget

May 12, 2021

You wouldn't want to be a tourism operator in the Blue Mountains or a travel agent in the Hawkesbury holding out for some extra support from this week's budget, because it wasn't there. There's no indication of additional money to do a decent job on the North Richmond duplication project for that bridge, or for improved evacuation routes to take people east to safety. And where is our Hawkesbury headspace?

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Women's Safety

March 18, 2021

You can't fix what you don't talk about, so I'll talk about what my team, my family and I deal with. There are the Facebook comments, daily and derogatory, about personal attributes, not policy. I know I'm not alone, which is why I offered a social media self-defence for women online workshop just last week with the eSafety Commission.

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Vale John Miller OAM

March 16, 2021

The Hawkesbury is mourning the passing of John Miller, OAM, who died on 12 March aged 91. He was one of the most passionate, relentless and determined gentlemen that I have met in the Hawkesbury, and he gave decades of community service to it.

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JobKeeper and the Travel Industry

March 16, 2021

To hear those opposite, you'd think that life is pretty good: 'We don't really talk about COVID except that we're all about to get vaccines. We don't think about border closures, either at home or internationally. Business is booming; the emergency is over.' It feels like they're living in a completely different world than the world the small businesses and workers in our electorates on this side of the House are functioning in. So I want to t...

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