Matter of Public Importance - Fiscal Policy
Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:01 in Speeches
I think I am offended on behalf of wombats. The tragedy of it all!
No longer in government and no longer in their comfort zone of spin, focus groups and fantasy, the opposition have the hide to lecture the government on debt and the problems with the Australian economy.
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013
Thursday, 05 December 2013 15:59 in Speeches
I rise to speak on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Submarine Cable Protection) Bill 2013.
The coalition went to the election with a strong communication plan to bring Australia up to speed with the digital economy by investing in communications infrastructure.
Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:29 in Speeches
Make no mistake—the measures in the Higher Education Support Amendment (Savings and Other Measures) Bill 2013 are Labor's cuts, the culmination of a period of chaotic thought-bubble decision making and thoughtless chopping and changing.
For the last five years, Labor has had the university sector on a rollercoaster ride, uncertain what would come next.
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill 2013
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:21 in Speeches
I rise to speak on the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment Bill. It is vital for our country that we have accountable and honestly-run unions.
Unlike the previous Labor government, the coalition will follow through on our election commitments.
Question without Notice - Education Funding
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 11:51 in Speeches
Mrs PRENTICE (Ryan) (14:22): My question is to the Minister for Education. Will the minister please inform the House how the government is delivering fair funding for students in Queensland like those at Mitchelton State High School in my electorate of Ryan? Minister, how does this compare to other approaches?
Adjournment Debate - ADF Parliamentary Program
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:31 in Speeches
Again this year I had the privilege to participate in the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program.
In October, I joined the ADF in Papua New Guinea on Exercise Helicon Luk.
Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, Building and Construction Industry (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2013
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:23 in Speeches
Integrity and honesty are qualities that are broadly accepted in our community; they are broadly accepted in politics.
But there is one field where integrity and honesty are demanded of industry but are deliberately ignored, and that is when it comes to the building and construction unions, who blatantly misuse their power for quite improper purposes.
Private Member's Motion - World AIDS Day
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:19 in Speeches
I rise today to support this motion from the member for Higgins. As previous speakers are already noted, yesterday, 1 December 2013, was World AIDS Day.
It is important to restate some figures to remind us all just how widespread and dangerous HIV-AIDS has become.
Address in Reply
Thursday, 21 November 2013 18:07 in Speeches
Three years ago I delivered my maiden speech in this place.
Since that time I have spoken on many occasions because of my very firm view that this chamber is the very heart of representative politics.
Ryan Community - Australian of the Year Awards
Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:52 in Speeches
I rise to acknowledge a number of outstanding Queenslanders who were named as state finalists for the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards.
Among them were three individuals who play an important role in the Ryan community—Dr Jim Aylward, Dr Robert McGregor and Mr Jay Larkins.
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