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Energy Policy Debate

I rise this evening to reflect on an event that occurred some nine years ago, which, in the current climate of our debate on energy, is a startling example of managing energy policy.  On 3 June 2008 a corroded gas pipeline ruptured on Varanus Island off the coast of Dampier Peninsula in my electorate of Durack. Thankfully, no-one was inj... read more »

Labor Motion "Inequality in Australia is rising"

I rise to speak against, once again, another ridiculous motion moved by the member for Jagajaga.  If there's one thing the last 100 years has shown us here in Australia it is that the greatest creator of poverty and inequality is socialism. That is the guiding principle of those opposite. So their motion today on poverty and inequality i... read more »

Mid West Space Agency Speech

I rise to acknowledge the government's recent announcement of the creation of a National Space Agency.  Australians have a long history as explorers and adventurers, and this announcement fits perfectly with that proud tradition. Looking around Australia, I believe there is no place better suited for the future Australian Space Agency th... read more »

Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

 I rise today to speak on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and the First Home Super Saver Tax Bill.  The aim of this bill is very simple—to give Aussie families a better shot at realising the great Australian dream.  The dream of owning your own home is bein... read more »

National Threatened Species Day

I rise today to acknowledge National Threatened Species Day and the importance of that event for my electorate of Durack. You may not be aware that my electorate has the largest number of threatened species in Australia. There are some 360 different species considered to be vulnerable or on the brink of extinction. That is a ver... read more »

House Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation

I rise today to speak on the issues paper presented to the House by my friend Dr McVeigh on behalf of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation, of which I am a proud member. The resources and hard work of our regional towns and cities are fundamental to the nation's economy.  I think my e... read more »

Dowerin Field Day

I would like to talk today about the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Day, which I attended last week. Held over two days, the Dowerin Field Days are recognised as being one of the three largest agricultural machinery events in the country. The WA Liberal team was out in full force, and I was joined by—and would like to thank&... read more »

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

I rise today to speak on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.  The Turnbull government backs its commitments. It stands by the workers of Australia and it stands by the mutual obligations between citizens on welfare, the government and taxpayers. We know that those opposite have proved to be no... read more »

Mobile Black Spots Rounds 1 and 2

I rise to speak on the private member's motion, moved by the member for Capricornia, on the Mobile Blackspot Program.  What a valuable initiative this has been from the federal government.  This $220 million program—as you will understand, Mr Deputy Speaker Coulton, as a fellow regional member—is a massive boost to regio... read more »

Federal Budget 2017

I rise to speak on the federal budget, a budget that I believe has the power to heal some of the old wounds and reset our country going forward.  This budget has finally delivered the funding-for-school model that West Australians have been crying out for. I note that the Labor Party, during all of their some 27 special d... read more »

National Schools Funding

I think we all agree this is quite an outrageous MPI that we are wasting our time on today. I think we all know there are no cuts, none. We are moving away from overfunded, bloated schools—many on the East Coast—that have had it too good for too long and giving back to those schools, in particular in Western Australia and South Austral... read more »

Turnbull Government helping hard-working Australians

When I read today's matter of public importance, I thought I was reading an old MPI from the Labor government. The work this Liberal-led government has done to improve ordinary Australian lives is very clear. So what are we doing? We have heard today that we are working towards getting the federal budget back into surplus to pay off the debt th... read more »

Defence Industry Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels Roadshow

I am very pleased today to speak about the most exciting news for regional WA. What I speak of is new defence jobs. On 11 April, together with the Department of Defence, I will host the Defence Industry Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels Roadshow in Geraldton. Following the downturn of the mining and resources sector in the last few ... read more »

Boschetti Women

As I am sure you would agree, Madam Deputy Speaker, any day is a good day to be talking about the importance of women and the contribution they make to the economy right across Australia.  More and more women are getting involved in the most important industries in my electorate, including industries like agriculture and fisheries. More and... read more »

Karratha Clontarf Academy

I am pleased to speak about the enthusiastic young students from the Karratha Clontarf Academy, whom I hosted in my electorate office in Broome last week.   The Clontarf Foundation aims to improve education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and the employment prospects of young Indigenous males.  Now, in its eighth year, the Kar... read more »
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