Speeches

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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Congratulating the Toastmasters

October 18, 2018

We spend a lot of time talking in this place, and most of us don't seem to mind that too much—in fact, some of us clearly love the sound of our own voices.

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Frederick Whirlpool VC

October 18, 2018

It probably needed the skills of a former police investigator to get to the bottom of the mystery of Frederick Whirlpool, the first person in Australian uniform to be presented with the Victoria Cross.

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