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National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Bill 2015

I rise today to speak on a bill the subject of which is at the very core of the quality of our vocational education and training—the quality of service providers, which impacts upon the quality of graduates. It therefore has a direct impact on business and Australia's productivity. The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amen... read more »

Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014, Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014

These bills before us are a demonstration of this government's election commitment to enhance online safety for children, including: appointing a Children's e-Safety Commissioner to take a national leadership role in online safety; and implementing a complaints system, backed by legislation, that will get cyberbullying material aimed at our childre... read more »

Closing the gap

  I am pleased also to offer my contribution following the release of the latest Closing the Gap report. There are 274 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia with the majority of them located in my electorate of Durack. They are located in the Kimberley, the Gascoigne, the Pilbara, the mid-west and also the northern wheat belt. But... read more »

Pilbara Womens Network

Once again, I am reminded of the strength of the community based groups that I encounter in my electorate of Durack. The Pilbara Womens Network is no exception with more than 100 women attending a luncheon in Karratha late last year with the theme of reinventing yourself. At this sell-out event, I joined Telstra Western Australian Businesswoman of... read more »

Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014

Some say that I am a little obsessive when it comes to education in the bush. I make no apology for that. Today I am very pleased to be speaking on the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 which will lead to great benefits for students in the bush and in the city. For those who can take a long-term view, there will be paybacks for the Aus... read more »

Abbott Government

I am also very pleased to speak on this rather unusual matter of public importance and very pleased to talk about this government and how it is undertaking the listening, learning and implementing of change from Australia so that we can turn around the mess created by those opposite and their abysmal social and economic mismanagement. Those opposi... read more »

Kimberley Group Training Skills Centre

The nominees are! Today my words are what I consider to be both sweet and sour. In November, I officially opened the Kimberley Group Training Skills Centre in Kununurra. This is a $2 million project which was born out of sheer long-term frustration. Young people in Kununurra and surrounds, predominantly Indigenous youth, who were applying for app... read more »

Municipal and Essential Services Program

I will second the motion if that helps. I rise to speak on this private member's motion which is of fundamental concern to me and my constituents of Durack. I acknowledge the disquiet among some Aboriginal Western Australians about the sustainability of remote communities in the wake of the withdrawal of the municipal and essential services federal... read more »

Electorate speech, skilling Newman students for success

Ms Milanna Heberle, School Principal Marlene Boundy, Managing Director, Pilbara Institute Pat Bourke, General Manager, Mt Whaleback Mine Chris Dark, General Manager, Eastern Ridge Mine Sue Cuneo, Pilbara Regional Executive Director, Department of Education Distinguished guests School leaders, staff, parents and student... read more »
Electorate speech, Geraldton railway station restoration

MPI, Budget

 I think we all know who the rotting, stinking carcass belongs to. This topic for the MPI today takes me back to my university debating days. It would just be dreadful today if I had drawn the affirmative team and had to speak in support of this ridiculous topic. My team would be the losers for sure, hands down, just like Labor lost—... read more »

Legislation, Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

 I am pleased to rise to speak on this bill, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014, and about an issue which is, sadly, very important within my large electorate of Durack and in all communities throughout Australia. This bill amends a series of acts including the Criminal Code Act 1995, th... read more »

Electorate speech, Coming of Age, City of Karratha Economic Forum

I am honoured to represent the Honourable Tony Abbott Prime Minister of Australia, who was unable to attend this conference. He has however prepared a message for me to read to you. MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER on the occasion of KARRATHA AND DISTRICTS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY CITY OF KARRATHA ECONOMIC FORUM “I... read more »

Statement, Aboriginal health, Wiluna, jobs, disincentive

Together with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Alan Tudge, I travelled two hours from Geraldton by small plane to the centre of Durack to a town called Wiluna, once a thriving gold town of 10,000, now a somewhat desolate community of 800, perched on the edge of the desert in no-man's land between the Pilbara and Geraldton. Th... read more »

MPI, Budget

 When reading the opposition's MPI today, one expression springs to mind: the pot calling the kettle black—especially when we have heard the detail from the Minister for the Environment about how Labor paid more than $30 billion to some of Australia's big polluters. In contrast, the coalition made a comprehensive range of commitment... read more »
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