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Bill, Omnibus Repeal Day, (Spring), 2014

 I am very pleased to rise today to speak on this bill, which I and I think many others in this House today believe is important to constituents Australia-wide who seek to reduce the burden and cost of regulation—and that is all of us, including those opposite, I am sure. The Omnibus Repeal Day (Spring 2014) Bill 2014 is a whole-of-... read more »

Statement, Diwali, Geraldton, Hindi

'Numastay, Arp sabko diwali key shoebcalm nigh.' What I just said, Deputy Speaker—and not very well, I may say—was: 'Greetings, wishing you all a happy Diwali.' This was my attempt on Saturday night to speak Hindi when I was a guest and sponsor at the Hindu festival held in Geraldton. Diwali Festival is the 'festival of lights' and... read more »

Statement, Yara Pilbara

The electorate of Durack is characterised by enormous resource development projects, agriculture and farming, and untapped tourism potential. Unashamedly, I am working hard to promote Durack within the parliament for its significant contribution to the Australian economy and for its even greater potential. We need the support of the nation and... read more »

Bill, Migration and Maritime Powers 2014, asylum legacy caseload

How wonderful it is to have such support in the House today. I appreciate that all my colleagues here also appreciate how important this bill. So I am delighted to rise to speak on this bill, which of course is important to constituents Australia wide who want to see an end to the arrival of illegal boats and a satisfactory humanitarian soluti... read more »

Statement, Indigenous employment, Wiluna, Martu Rangers

Together with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, we recently travelled to the remote town of Wiluna and then drove the 50 kilometres to the Jundee goldmine. Here, the Martu Rangers, part of the Central Desert Native Title Services, under the stewardship of Rob Thomas, provide conservation services, including weed sp... read more »

Bill, Australian Education Amendment Bill 2014

Once againwe hear those on the other side turning something incredibly positive into an incredible negative—once again. While we are at it, when discussing the Children and Family Centres it is a shame that the Labor Party did not think more about how it was going to structure the funding for these particularly importanYou're being negati... read more »

Statement, Karratha, Roebourne, NYFL Trust

Recently, I addressed the Karratha business community at a breakfast hosted by the new City of Karratha. These Pilbara folks certainly understand the need for a long-term view in their planning. They are visionary. The Shire of Roebourne has experience strong growth and exceeded the minimum population of 20,000 to transition to city status. No... read more »

Question, bilateral trade relationships, agriculture

Ms PRICE (Durack) (15:07): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. Will the minister outline how the government's policies are contributing to the growth and prosperity of agriculture in Australia? How is this helping to strengthen our bilateral trade relationships with our nearest neighbours.   Mr JOYCE (New England—M... read more »

Statement, Hedland art awards

In the Pilbara region of my electorate of Durack is the iron ore town of Port Hedland. If you are travelling to the Pilbara, I urge you to view the art from the Hedland Art Awards in the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery. As the local member, it was a great pleasure to officially launch the awards recently, which showcase the talents of establis... read more »

Bill - Mineral Resource Rent Tax and Other Measures Bill 2013, second reading

I am pleased to speak on the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Repeal and Other Measures Bill 2013 [No. 2], which is of acute importance to my electorate of Durack, which incorporates the Pilbara, mid-west and Kimberley regions, the town of Port Hedland and the remainder of the great mining province of the north-west. Mining, primarily of iron ore, is... read more »

Statement - Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying affects many of us, particularly young people, who are more vulnerable. Cyberbullying is when someone is tormented through any form of technology. Research shows that one-in-five children aged eight to 17 experiences cyberbullying, which, of course, is very worrying for all of us in this place. Because of my concern, I organise w... read more »

Bill - Infrastructure Australia Amendment Bill, 2014, second reading

I am pleased to speak on the Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Cost Benefit Analysis and Other Measures) Bill, which is important to constituents Australia-wide who seek to progress the expansion of infrastructure to underpin the development of Australia in the 21st century. We all have visions—for our cities, for our communities and re... read more »

Question - to Minister for Industry

 My question is to the Minister for Industry. Will the minister advise the House how the government is working to put the right policy settings in place in order to support and regain competitiveness within our critically important mining sector?   Mr IAN MACFARLANE (Groom—Minister for Industry) (14:38): I thank the member... read more »

Ministerial Statement - Iraq and Syria

It is a privilege to rise today to speak on matters unfolding in Iraq following the recent statement by the Prime Minister. I would like to congratulate the Prime Minister and our foreign minister Julie Bishop on the leadership shown following the unfortunate international events of late. Sadly, Iraq is once again the subject of internati... read more »

Regional Development Australia in Durack

In my electorate of Durack there are four Regional Development Australia offices servicing the Mid West and Gascoyne, the Pilbara, the Kimberley and the wheat belt. As I work across the electorate, the RDA CEOs keep me informed of their work, priorities and plans for regional development. Front of mind for me is the future of RDAs—their f... read more »
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