Treasury Laws Amendment (National Housing and Homelessness Agreement) Bill 2017;Second Reading

March 01, 2018

The three key pillars of our great Australian society are: dignity in work and retirement, the universal provision of health care and access to quality education. But another key element is what many call the great Australian dream, which is really a fundamental human right: the ability to access quality and affordable housing. That's why I rise to speak today on the housing affordability and homelessness crisis that so many Australians are fa...

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Federation Chamber - CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS - Hunter Region: New South Wales Government

February 28, 2018

I rise to speak about the utter contempt the New South Wales Liberal government have for the Hunter region. First they privatised our port after promising us 50 per cent of the proceeds of the sale. They got $1.7 billion for it. Did we get $850 million? No, we got less than $500 million. Second, they privatised our bus service, which has seen a significant deterioration in the service. I was at a protest meeting at Belmont 16s sailing club las...

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Federation Chamber;PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS;Mining - 26 Feb 2018

February 26, 2018

I rise proudly to speak on this motion because, yet again, we have seen myths being peddled by the member for Dawson. Let's look at some facts. Fact 1: global coal consumption peaked in 2013. Fact 2: Chinese coal consumption has fallen by nearly four per cent. Fact 3: imports of coal to India have fallen considerably. Fact 4: global seaborne thermal coal volume, which is the main Australian thermal coal market because we ship our coal via the...

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Appropriations Bill: Turnbull handing $65 billion tax cut to big end of town

September 21, 2018

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Fall of Singapore: 76th Anniversary

February 15, 2018

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Corporate tax cuts, road safety and the fundamentally important role of surf lifesaving clubs

February 14, 2018

I rise proudly to make a contribution on Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2017-2018. I want to talk about a number of issues today, but I'll start with a couple of local issues that are very close to the hearts of my constituents in Shortland. These issues are road safety, after what has been a terrible summer, and the fundamentally important role of surf lifesaving clubs in Shortland and in all communities around Australia.

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