Speeches

Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2020 Measures No. 2) Bill 2020 Second Reading

February 03, 2021

Australians can be very proud of how they have responded to the pandemic. Their discipline and their willingness to comply have made it possible for us to be guided by science, knowing that people will, by and large, be willing to take the steps that are needed.

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Blue Mountains : Tourism

February 02, 2021

A year ago, I gathered 300 Blue Mountains tourism businesses together to hear what they needed to help recover from devastating bushfires.

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Aged Care Legislation Amendment Bill Second Reading Speech

December 09, 2020

It's disappointing that the debate we're having here about home care and in-home care is not about substantive reform; it's about tweaks of administrative things around the edges. Now, we won't be voting against that; we can see the merit in the measures that are being put forward. They are sensible when you consider that there was something like a billion dollars of unspent home-care funds sitting in different providers' accounts as of 30 Jun...

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Cheaper Childcare Is Good For The Economy

December 07, 2020

Parents are spending a lot of their family budget on child care. I have had many conversations with them about it, and also with grandparents, who are all too aware that the day or two a week they do minding the grandkids makes a huge difference to their family's budget. Parents and grandparents can see the merit of our plan, that is to scrap the subsidy cap, which often leads to families losing money from an extra day's work, lifting the maxi...

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Cashless Welfare Card

December 07, 2020

My first questions to the minister is: given this card strips away agency and responsibility from thousands of people, simply because of who they are and where they live, how is the government's policy consistent with the Prime Minister's comments that First Nations people have the right to take responsibility and the right to make decisions?

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Springwood High School and 2hot2learn

December 07, 2020

I want to recognise the students of Springwood High School in the Blue Mountains in my electorate of Macquarie who are fighting for a fair go when it comes to a safe, healthy and cool environment with their 2hot2learn campaign.

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