Speeches

Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine's 150th Anniversary

November 26, 2018

On the weekend, the Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine communities gathered at the glorious Dennarque property to mark the 150th anniversary of the surveying of Mount Wilson.

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Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Bill 2018, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Aus...

November 26, 2018

When we set it up the Family Court was provided with internal counseling and mediation services. It was meant to be a place where you would get your issues resolved without having to resort to litigation but all those services have been reduced and, as they say, privatised.

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Remembrance Day

November 26, 2018

It is a privilege to speak to this motion put forward by the member for Forrest and join with my colleagues on both sides of the House to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

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Veterans

October 25, 2018

Every conversation I have with members of the Defence Force and veterans reinforces for me that the choices they make to serve are ones that make them different from civilians and that they need a special set of supports from this parliament.

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Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017 Second Reading Speech

October 25, 2018

Some of the most distressing and difficult calls to my office come from people who are struggling with housing—whether they haven't got a place to live, whether they do and they're having problems with a landlord, or whether they're in public housing.

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National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

October 24, 2018

This week's apology to the victims of child abuse in institutions, to all those who survived, and recognising so many who didn't, was also long overdue.

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