Speeches

Mental Health

February 12, 2019

In my first speech to this place 2½ years ago, I spoke about the belief that we needed to do something different in the way that we deliver mental health services. There's been a lot of words spoken in this chamber since then by many people, but the reality remains that the gaps in how we prevent mental illness, treat it, support those with episodic or chronic mental ill health and their families are still too great—and we all know it.

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Macquarie Electorate Adjournment Speech

December 06, 2018

For nearly 10 years I've been fighting for the people of Macquarie, both in this chamber and before coming to this parliament.

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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Committee Report

December 05, 2018

I'd like to thank the people who contributed to or appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in the investigation into this PFAS issue, and I rise to discuss some of the recommendations in and issues surrounding this report and how it affects my community in Macquarie.

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Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018, Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery)...

December 04, 2018

We'll be watching that closely and making sure that the new scheme has no negative impact on students, that these costs aren't—as so many things are—passed through to the consumer, in this case the student, in the form of higher fees or higher charges for services and that ultimately they don't undermine the equity in our university system.

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Mr Paul Henningham OAM

December 04, 2018

I rise to pay tribute to Paul Henningham, OAM who died at his home in Springwood this week at the age of 98.

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Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018 Second Reading Speech

December 03, 2018

It is really pleasing to be able to stand here and support, albeit with reservations, the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2018, a piece of legislation that is about having some action in helping women and their families to escape domestic violence

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