Speeches

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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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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