Speeches

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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International Day of People with Disability 2020

December 07, 2020

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National Disability Insurance Scheme Joint Committee

December 03, 2020

I am very pleased to speak on the report by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and I commend the work that they're doing in a bipartisan way to address the significant issues that people are facing with the scheme. When it's working, the NDIS is working really well. When it's not, it is taking an horrific toll on people—participants and carers alike.

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Extension of COVID-19 Support Is A Missed Opportunity

December 02, 2020

I'm pleased to be able to speak to some of the matters in the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Extension of Coronavirus Support) Bill 2020. Obviously there are some things that we support and things we would like to see done differently, and I will talk to some of those points. Essentially, this bill is a missed opportunity, as so many bills have been during the response to COVID.

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RuffTrack Farm

December 02, 2020

It is not every day that a group of teenagers does you the honour of naming a young kid only a couple of days old after you, but that's what the boys at RuffTrack Farm did for me when showing me around their property with their goats, sheep, horse, ducks and assorted other animals and, of course, dogs. Dogs are possibly the key ingredient of the youth charity that takes the most vulnerable young people from the Hawkesbury between the ages of 1...

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