May 26, 2014
I rise today to speak on one of this government's key repeal bills which, if left in its current form and not revoked, has the ability to significantly hinder Australia's future economic viability, and trade and employment relations, both domestically and on an international scale.
The purpose of the Migration Amendment (Offshore Resources Activit... read more »
May 14, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the Mid West Academy of Sport in Geraldton and have been following the progress of this fantastic initiative ever since.
Under the stewardship of CEO Chris Darlington and chair Graham Greenaway, the academy has the important task of supporting and promoting young, tale... read more »
March 27, 2014
The Labor Party must think people in Western Australia are fools. It was only last week that Mr Shorten came to Western Australia and said, 'Labor is scrapping the carbon tax,' then came back to this place and continued Labor's betrayal of Western Au... read more »
March 27, 2014
This week's attack by the member for Perth, Alannah MacTiernan, on the Abbott government's rollout of the NBN was nothing more than an attempt by the Labor Party to use the regions for their own political gain.
The member for metropolitan Perth has no interest in helping the people of Geraldton or the rest of regional Western Australia; she just w... read more »
March 24, 2014
The Pilbara and Karratha region specifically is undoubtedly the engine room of the nation's economy with the Shire of Roebourne producing the sixth largest economic output of all Australian municipalities and a gross regional product of almost $19 bi... read more »
March 20, 2014
On 7 March I had the honour of joining with local indigenous artists in the Port Hedland community, which is in my electorate of Durack, to celebrate the opening of the Spinifex Hills studios.
It was a pleasure to not only officially open the first dedicated, professional indigenous art centre in Port Hedland, but to represent the Deputy Prime Mi... read more »
March 20, 2014
In early March I had the pleasure of attending a significant event in New Norcia's history and met with many of my constituents in this tranquil community.
I was not sure what to expect when I agreed to attend a bicentenary celebration of the birth... read more »
March 18, 2014
Building Australia's bilateral ties and maximising the value of our exports with our closest neighbour, Indonesia, was the key focus of an agricultural forum held in Broome on 28 February.
This was the first time the Northern Beef Producer Forum had been held in Western Australia, so I was delighted that it could take place in my electorate of Du... read more »
March 4, 2014
Today I would like to update the House on an exciting agricultural initiative that is currently being explored by the Shire of Perenjori, which is in my Electorate of Durack.
Historically, Perenjori is an agricultural town in the heart of Western Australia's wildflower country in the north-east Wheatbelt region.
Its key agriculture industries a... read more »
February 24, 2014
On 6 and 7 February I had the pleasure of hosting Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon. Jamie Briggs and Minister for Finance Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann in my electorate of Durack.
This was a highly successful trip, where the ministers were able to gain a better understanding of the important infrastructure... read more »
February 13, 2014
I am pleased to speak on this matter of public importance so that I can explain to the members opposite just how six years of Labor has hindered our economy. To help those same members I will also shed some light on the hypocrisy that Australians constantly have to endure when they turn on their television or listen to the radio and have to once ag... read more »
February 13, 2014
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal people from this land that we stand on today and also acknowledge different Aboriginal peoples in my electorate of Durack—from the Aboriginal people of the beautiful wilderness of the Kimberley, down to and including the Yamatji people in the mid-west.
I rise today to join members of both ... read more »
December 12, 2013
Australia’s ban on live exports was just one of many policy failures
by the former Labor Government – but it is one that has had lasting effects on my electorate of
This kneejerk reaction from Labor has not only strained Australia’s relationship with many of our
export markets, but has also had serious financial and... read more »
December 10, 2013
I am delighted to rise today for the first time to speak on a piece of proposed legislation. I too am pleased to speak to the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Consumer Protection) Bill 2013. As speakers in this debate have already said, this bill seeks to strengthen consumer protections and improve the regulatory framework of the original ... read more »
December 9, 2013
I am delighted to rise today to congratulate Broome’s carpentry and joinery apprentice Jonathan Falconer, from my electorate of Durack, for winning the Regional Apprentice of the Year Award.
Jonathan’s achievement was recognised at the recent Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Awards in Perth.
The winner was determined fro... read more »