Speeches

Long wait for home care packages

February 19, 2019

Federation Chamber February 19, 2019 Enda and Wally’s wait for aged care This will be one of the last times before the election that I speak in the House, and I wanted to highlight an issue of real concern for the people I represent in this place. Shortland is one of the oldest electorates in Australia—over one in five of my constituents are over the age of 60. So aged care, both home care and residential care, is a big concern for my...

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Cuts to community sector groups

February 18, 2019

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FEBRUARY 18, 2019 CUTS TO COMMUNITY SECTOR GROUPS Swansea Community Cottage and Charlestown Carers Group are two valuable local organisations that are affected by this Government's cruel and heartless approach to the community sector.

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Support for Australian shipping industry

February 14, 2019

Federation Chamber February 14, 2019 Today I met with Ben from Belmont, Daniel from Shoalhaven and Jesse from Caves Beach. Ben and Daniel have joined me in the chamber today. They were sacked by BHP and BlueScope on the MV Mariloula and MV Lowlands Brilliance. They were replaced by workers working for $2 an hour, and what's worse is they were sacked at sea when they entered international waters.

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Matters of public importance - Coal

December 05, 2018

We've got a lot of coal-fired power stations that have done great service to the nation and are retiring. They must retire; they are falling apart as we speak. If you want cheap power, reliable power and cleaner power, renewable energy is the answer. That's what the Australian Energy Market Operator has stated unequivocally, and that's why Labor has called for the NEG, and it's why Labor has agreed with the vast majority of stakeholders who've...

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BILLS - Treasury Laws Amendment (Prohibiting Energy Market Misconduct) Bill 2018 - Second Reading

December 05, 2018

The energy and climate change debate is a litmus test in this country, and it's a litmus test that the coalition have failed for 10 years. I can't work out who's worse in the Liberal Party party room, the 50 per cent who deny the science of climate change or those of the 50 per cent who accept it but just give in to the climate change deniers, who aid and abet those people who have set the course of Australia back so much over the last 10 year...

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An update on the state of Shortland

November 28, 2018

Before I draw the attention of the House to some of the highlights of 2018 in Shortland, I do want to reflect on events at a national level, particularly in recent months. It's beyond disappointing that we are now onto our third Liberal Prime Minister in five years. The Liberals and Nationals have clearly not learnt the lessons of the past—that is, when Australians elect a government, unless there are some extraordinary circumstances, they exp...

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