Speeches

National Disability Insurance Scheme

July 22, 2019

To listen to the government speak about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, you'd think the system was perfect and just needed minor tweaks. Well, if that were the case, I wouldn't get emails from mums of kids with autism, or any number of complex disabilities, at the end of their tether, trying to get basic supports.

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Penalty Rates

July 22, 2019

Thanks to this government, and this Prime Minister, 700,000 low-paid workers in retail, the fast food industry, hospitality and pharmacies are being paid 10 per cent to15 per cent less. Some workers are going to be up to $26,000 worse off by the time these cuts are fully implemented next July. I hate to think about the impact that's going to have on families and small businesses in the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury.

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Macquarie Electorate: Telecommunications

July 22, 2019

After six years of waiting, Mount Tomah will no longer be in line for a new mobile phone tower after the New South Wales and federal governments apparently gave approval for the project to be moved to somewhere near Dubbo.

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The Economy in 2019

July 04, 2019

Things are pretty dire for savers when interest rates hit a record low of one per cent.

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Remembering Bob Hawke

July 03, 2019

My recollection is that Hawke exuded energy. I saw someone gathering people to him to work through issues, to reform whole industries, like footwear and clothing, in the fairest way. I saw women being given roles. I saw warmth and respect for people from all walks of life. I saw fierce debates of ideas, which I recall as being much more issues driven than personality driven.

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Warragamba Dam Speech

May 09, 2019

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