Carbon Tax: Gone!

Thursday, 17 July 2014 16:30 in Speeches

The Carbon Tax is Abolished!

On 17 July 2014 the Senate finally voted for the repeal of the Carbon Tax.  This is great news for all Australians!

Below is my speech in Parliament delivered just moments after the Senate dicision. 



A Win for Self-Funded Retirees

Thursday, 17 July 2014 14:34 in Speeches

The Coalition recognises that self-funded retirees, after a life-time of hard work, have made a significant contribution to our nation’s success and are entitled to a safe and secure retirement, and that by looking after their own retirement needs, self-funded retirees save the Commonwealth Budget considerable pension costs.

That’s why we will provide Australian seniors with further peace of mind regarding their health care costs by indexing eligibility for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

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Reforms to Intercountry Adoption

Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:15 in Speeches

For too long has adoption been in the too hard basket. There are too many children in need of parents, they deserve a better life and adoption is a way of giving it to them. The Coalition Government has delivered on its commitment to reform intercountry adoption.

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Impact of the Carbon Tax on Small Business

Monday, 14 July 2014 17:53 in Speeches

Today I introduced a Private Members' Motion to Parliament highlighting the impact that the Carbon Tax is having on Small Business.  I hope that the new Senate makes the right and responsible decision to repeal the World's Largest Carbon Tax. 



Kidnapping of Nigerian School Girls

Monday, 16 June 2014 15:21 in Speeches

I recently joined my Parliamentary Collegues condemning the kidnapping more than 200 Nigerian girls.


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Budget 2014

Friday, 30 May 2014 10:56 in Speeches

The 2014-15 Budget marks a major step by the Government to transofrm the role of government in people's lives.  

A responsible Economic Action Strategy to get our nation's finances back on track, and to lay the groundwork for future propserity. 

Press read more for information about the 2014 Budget and to watch my speeches on the 2014 Budget. 

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Macular Degeneration Week

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 17:27 in Speeches

This week in Parliament I spoke on Macular Degeneration week 2014.

The speech can be found herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLZ_xw-o6AI 

May 25-31 marks an opportunity to raise awareness and work together to reduce the incidence and impact of macular degeneration. 

Macular degeneration affects one in seven (1.15 million) Australians over the age of 50.  This will rise to 1.7 million by 2030 in the absence of prevention and treatment measures.

Macular Degeneration is a gradual or sudden loss of vision caused by abnormal vessels growing under the retina.

For more information about Macular Degeneration please click here: www.mdfoundation.com.au

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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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