Private Members' Business: Australian Republic

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:22 in Speeches

I rise today to speak on this motion, taking note of its rather odd timing given that Australia's support for moving to a republic is currently at a 20-year low and an impending royal visit is in its final planning stages.

Roy Morgan polling shows support for an Australian republic at its lowest since the push for a local as our head of state built up steam in the first half of the nineties.

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70th Anniversary of The Great Escape

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:21 in Speeches

Tonight marks the 70th anniversary of the great escape of 76 air force officers from Stalag Luft III at Sagan in Silesia, Germany—now in Poland—approximately 120 kilometres east of Berlin.

The account of this most renowned escape of World War II was first published by Australian ex-prisoner of war, Paul Brickhill, but is best known today from the American screen version based on his book. The incredible ingenuity and courage of the escapees should be remembered today.

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Private Members' Business: ABC and SBS

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:18 in Speeches

I rise today to speak on the motion by the member for Fremantle, relating to the ABC and SBS, noting that the principle of the motion is unfounded and unnecessary.

In fact, I wonder if the member proposing this motion has actually listened to the plethora of statements made by the Minister for Communications.

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Ryan Community: Harmony Day

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00 in Speeches

I rise to speak on the importance of Harmony Day, which is to be observed this Friday, 21 March.

I would like to start by paying tribute to the member for Berowra, who initiated Harmony Day back in 1999, when he was the minister for immigration.

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Condolence Motion: The Hon Warwick Parer

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00 in Speeches

I rise in this place today to pay tribute to a great man: a successful businessman, a senator, a minister and a proud Queenslander.

However, the Hon. Warwick Parer was actually born in Papua New Guinea.

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Ryan Community: Local karate champions

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00 in Speeches

Last week I received a very pleasant surprise visit from two of my young constituents—Jenae and Nathan Wilkinson from Mount Crosby.

Jenae and Nathan are members of the Ipswich Karate Club and have just returned from competing at the National Seminar/Championships in Melbourne organised by the Japan Karate Association World Federation of Australia held earlier in March.

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Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00 in Speeches

I rise today noting that this government is doing what previous Labor governments did not, and that is delivering on its election commitments.

This bill gives effect to the coalition's trade policy, and the subsequent 2013 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook decision, to provide an additional $50 million over four years for the Export Market Development Grants Scheme.

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Ryan Community: Mitchie Day Club

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:22 in Speeches

I rise today to acknowledge the Mitchie Day Club, which is doing outstanding work with elderly residents in the northern suburbs of my electorate of Ryan.

It is hard to believe that the Mitchie Day Club has already reached its first anniversary.

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Ryan Community: Bob O'Keeffe

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:21 in Speeches

I rise today to pay tribute to an esteemed Australian and Ryan constituent, Mr Robert O'Keeffe, who was recently presented with a 2013-14 Lifetime Achiever Award for Queensland by the Restaurant and Catering Association.

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Private Members' Business: Dental Health

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:20 in Speeches

I rise today to speak in support of (1) and (b) of the motion on dental services.

It is indeed of great importance to have a well-resourced dental system, which will improve the oral health of not just our most vulnerable citizens but all Australians.

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