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Speeches

Gold mining

I have the pleasure tonight to speak on an industry that has existed in this country for some 165 years and had a profound impact on my upbringing growing up as a child in Western Australia's goldfields. The industry I speak of is the gold industry. It is an industry that was responsible for the birth of my hometown of Kalgoorlie, an industry that ... read more »

Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016

I rise to speak on the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016. I would like to speak on an issue that is very close to my heart—the representation of Indigenous Australians at university. The desire to further Indigenous career prospects is a passion of mine, and I believe it has to be one of the fe... read more »

Tourism in Northern Australia

I am very pleased to speak on the member for Capricornia's private member's motion highlighting the role Australia's north plays in the country's economy.  Developing Australia's north is yet another example of where this Turnbull government has provided leadership and a long-term vision compared with Labor, who did nothing for Australia's ... read more »

2016 GNFL season

I am very pleased to speak about the Great Northern Football League, which is in the Mid West, in my electorate, and which I again sponsored in 2016.  The Mid West has a great history with our national game, dating back to the 19th century, batting well above its weight when it comes to producing footballers for the highest level.  ... read more »

Turnbull Government continues to deliver

Well, well, well, I cannot believe that the Leader of the Opposition has put forward this matter of public importance. Here is a man who played a key role in the most dysfunctional, divided and chaotic government in Australian history—the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government. The opposition leader is attributed with the ascension of Julia Gillard... read more »

Kimberley Suicide Roundtable

I rise today to speak on an insidious issue that has affected many throughout my community, and right around Australia. I am talking about the heartbreaking number of Indigenous Australians who take their own lives each year. Sadly, my electorate of Durack is at the forefront of this issue, with the Kimberley having a suicide rate seven times the... read more »

Durack's role in Australia's economy

The electorate of Durack produces significant wealth that the rest of Australia relies on, and growth in my electorate means growth for the rest of Australia. Durack is one of the regions that has propelled Australia forward in recent years, and I am very proud to represent an electorate that is full of such hardworking and diligent people. Whet... read more »

VET Student loans (Charges) Bill 2016

The Turnbull government has introduced the VET Student Loans Bill 2016 and related bills into the House to establish a new VET student loans program commencing 1 January 2017. This legislation was introduced to replace the utter failure that was the VET FEE-HELP scheme introduced in 2012 by the last Labor government. This scheme patched up by this ... read more »

Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform)

I am very pleased to speak on this bill today. Together with my other regional Liberal colleagues—the member for O'Connor, who is here with me today; the member for Barker; and also the member for Forrest, another colleague of mine from Western Australia—we worked very hard to ensure that we have a balanced bill, which we are debating... read more »

Boosting Durack schools

Today I am very pleased to speak about two recent visits to schools in my electorate—one in Derby and one in Geraldton—and the new facilities that these schools have recently been lucky enough to acquire.  I received such a warm welcome at the Holy Rosary School in Derby last month, and it was my absolute pleasure to be involved... read more »

Turnbull Government's higher education record

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Deputy Leader of the Opposition's private members' motion, which allows members on this side of the chamber—members of the Turnbull government—to highlight the inroads this government has made in higher education, particularly with respect to regional, rural and remote Australia, since we were e... read more »

Price on the proposed mining tax

I have resisted speaking about Brendon Grylls' proposed additional tax of $5 per tonne on BHP and Rio Tinto, and the reason why I have resisted is that, like many other commentators, I view it as nothing more than a thought bubble or perhaps just another media stunt—more attention seeking.  Of course, those who know mor... read more »

Turnbull's first-year achievements

It really is a joke—and we have heard a bit of comedy here today—the Labor Party's MPI on failure, particularly a failure to deliver, considering their woeful record on delivering in the bush during their six years in office.  It is also unfathomable that they have the audacity to discuss failures, given that they were widely kn... read more »

What I've done and what I plan to do

I am pleased to rise today to outline some of what I want to achieve for my electorate of Durack this term and what I have achieved since I was elected as the member for Durack three years ago—not quite, actually. The prime reason I ran again as the Liberal for Durack was because I wanted to build on my good start. As people in this chamber m... read more »

Turnbull Government boosting regional and rural transport

I am very pleased today to speak to my private member's business motion highlighting the Turnbull government's extensive work in boosting Australia's transport links throughout our vast country, but particularly in regional and rural areas.  This federal government is investing a record $50 billion—yes, $50 billion—in our country'... read more »
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