Speeches

Hawkesbury Roads

February 19, 2019

Ten years ago, when I first ran as a candidate, I asked people in the Hawkesbury, 'What's the biggest problem you face?' And what did they say? Traffic congestion. Ten years on, nothing has changed.

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Natural Disasters

February 18, 2019

It's not many people in this place who start their day with their home intact, their belongings safe and their garden blooming but finish the day with only the clothes that they have on their back and a tangled mass of metal, brick and ashes. But I'm not the only one. More importantly, that's what has happened to many families this summer from Tasmania to Queensland. The floods have caused similar anguish for many others. Anyone who has been t...

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Inclusive Play in the Blue Mountains

February 14, 2019

Jane's four kids have varying abilities, and she told me how her family, and other families like hers, are desperate for a playground that's built to cater for all those abilities—one they don't have to travel a long distance to.

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The Economy

February 13, 2019

The economy is not working for a whole variety of people including young people, women, small business and pensioners.

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Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill 2018

February 13, 2019

I rise to support the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment Bill—it's not the catchiest title that we've had before us, but it's a worthwhile evolution of that agency—and to support the amendments moved by this side of the House. What concerns me is the fact that we are talking about this today

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Australian Music

February 12, 2019

The Australian music industry contributes nearly $6 billion to our economy. The live music industry alone supports around 64,000 jobs in Australia. It's a thriving industry and one that governments should provide smart, modest support to help the industry grow, just like we should for other important industries like manufacturing or agriculture.

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