Speeches

Speech to Parliament: Kamay Parkrun

I wish to congratulate the wonderful volunteers and runners who've taken part in the Kamay parkrun over the past 12 months.

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Speech to Parliament: Turnbull Government's Climate Change Inaction

The people of Kingsford Smith are deeply concerned about the Turnbull government's lack of action on climate change and lack of support for renewable energy policy.

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Speech to Parliament: NDIS in Kingsford Smith

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a very important social and economic reform for our nation. For too long, people living with disability in Australia have been treated as second-class citizens.

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Speech to Parliament: OLSH Kensington's Climate Change Petition

Last week I was honoured to meet student leader representatives from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Kensington.

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Speech to Parliament: Welcoming Coptic Pope Tawadros to Australia

On Sunday, I was honoured to attend the official reception for His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church internationally, to welcome him on his first visit to Australia since his ordination in 2012.

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Speech to Parliament: Requirements for Citizenship Amendment

I'm opposed to this bill. It's a lousy and disrespectful piece of legislation from a desperate government. Really, that's what's behind this; the government are desperate. They are falling in the polls and they are desperate to lurch further to the right to try and garner Australian people's attention.

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Remarks at the unveiling of the Stolen Generations Memorial

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today, the Bidjigal people, and pay my respects to elders both past and present.

Last year for Harmony Day I wanted to make a video, so I asked people of different backgrounds to deliver a message of unity, peace and respect in their ancestral language.

 

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Speech to Parliament: Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill

I speak in support of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill 2016, subject to the passage of the amendment that has been moved by the member for Franklin. It is a very sensible amendment to this piece of legislation. It calls on the government 'to work with the broadcasting industry and national sporting organisations on a transition plan to phase out the promotion of betting odds and commercials relating to betting or gambling during live sporting broadcasts, with a view to their prohibition'.

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Speech to Parliament: Vale John & Margaret Lemarseny

I wish to pay tribute to two giants of the Coogee community and surf life saving, John and Margaret Lemarseny, who passed away recently.

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Speech to Parliament: Medicare / Centrelink under stress

One of the most important tasks performed by a local member is assisting constituents with Centrelink and Medicare matters. For many, these two services are the face of government; but cutbacks, wage disputes, office closures and a continued push to online services have left that face looking a lot uglier for thousands of Australians and for many in the electorate of Kingsford Smith.

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