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Speeches

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 »

2016 Dowerin Field Days

I am very pleased to speak about the fabulous 52nd annual Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Day, which I recently attended.  Over 160 kilometres north-east of Perth, Dowerin is a magnificent and beautiful rural town in the heart of the wheatbelt. Dowerin Field Day is the largest of its kind in Western Australia and is the third largest in Aus... read more »

Exercise Northern Shield 2016

I am very pleased to speak about the Exercise Northern Shield 2016 which occurred in Broome and Derby in my electorate over the past fortnight, finishing up last Friday.  The Exercise  Northern Shield 2016 was an Australian Defence Force program that saw Army, Navy and Air Force personnel from all around Australia deployed quickly in r... read more »

2016 Budget

I note the word 'failure' is used in this MPI today. We on this side of the chamber know a thing or two about the failure of those opposite as we were left to fix the economic mess created by them some three years ago. I am very pleased to rise in this House today to speak on this so-called matter of public importance, although it is highly mis... read more »

Some major achievements

As a proud member of the Fremantle Football Club, I know far too much about losing at the moment, so I certainly have quite a bit in common with the Wanderers at the moment. But well done to Adelaide, in any event. I am pleased to talk about some of my major achievements since being elected at the 2013 election. Before I was elected, I promi... read more »

Negative Gearing

I am very pleased today to talk about our government's economic record and negative gearing. I start by reminding all here in the chamber today of the Turnbull government's economic record of some 26,100 new jobs created in March, adding to the tally of 235,000 jobs in the past year. Unemployment dropped to 5.7 per cent in March, the lowest rate i... read more »
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Cue Parliament
Irwin Charity Ball
Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
Blues for the Bush 2016
Exercise Northern Shield 2016
AEC officially declaring I was re-elected
Being sworn in at the start of the 45th Parliament
Speaking with Main Roads about the many road upgrades the Federal Government is funding throughout D
At the 2016 Dowerin Field Days
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