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Speeches

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 »

Durack Women

International Women's Day is not just the day we celebrate women that we read about on the front page of the newspaper; it is an opportunity to reflect on the many great women who make a difference across Australia.  Representing the largest electorate in Australia, spanning from Kununurra in the north out to Southern Cross in the east, Dur... read more »

Federal Government delivering child care reform

I think the member for Fairfax looks pretty good sitting here next to me. Once again I am left to talk after the member for Lindsay and improve the tone of this place, and it is absolutely my pleasure to do so. Another day, another issue from Labor, as we have heard in the last half an hour or so, but we know that, when they were in charge of c... read more »

Hedland Crime Forum

I rise to speak today about what I am doing to address crime and anti-social behaviour in the Pilbara. Last week I hosted a crime forum in Port Hedland, along with my colleagues the Liberal candidate for the Pilbara, Mark Alchin, and the state agriculture minister, Mark Lewis. Drug and alcohol fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour has spiked ... read more »

WA Regional Liberals

I am very pleased to rise in the House tonight to speak about a group of people who are delivering for the bush in Western Australia like no other. I speak of the WA regional Liberals. The WA regional Liberals are delivering right across regional, rural and remote Western Australia—from the member for O'Connor, Rick Wilson, representing t... read more »
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Blues for the Bush 2016
Exercise Northern Shield 2016
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