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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 »

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform)

I would like to bring down the tone of this very important debate and perhaps remind the member for Lindsay that we are the government. It is very easy when you are in opposition to assume that everything we are doing is bad for the community. Indeed, it is not. We are in government and that is what we intend to do. Today I rise to speak on t... read more »

National Stronger Regions Fund

Here I am again at the start of another week, highlighting work by the federal government with respect to what it is doing in regional, remote and rural Australia. Like my colleague Nola Marino, I am a WA regional Liberal who gets the bush and represents regional Australia. I am very proud to do so. I am pleased to rise today to speak on the m... read more »

WA Liberals deliver for Pilbara

Stability, jobs and economic growth—apparently, not very sexy words but these are the things I campaigned on and helped me to be re-elected in July 2016.  By working hard, I am delivering in the Pilbara, with a new St John Ambulance Port Hedland building, the realignment of the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway... read more »

North West roads

I rise today to speak on the member for Capricornia's private member's motion.  It highlights exactly why I decided to run to be a Liberal, regional member of parliament—to develop regional, rural and remote Australia.  Pardon the pun, but, as I said in this chamber earlier today, the Federal Government  is making signifi... read more »
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