Speeches

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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Speech to Parliament: Sophie Smith named Vi Robbins Volunteer of the Award

On 16 November, local volunteers came together in November for the third annual Kingsford Smith Community Service and Vi Robbins Volunteer of the Year awards.

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Turnbull Cuts Dirty Deal With Shooters

The Turnbull Government has done a dodgy backroom deal with the shooters to lock the community out of Malabar Headland for 50 years.

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Speech to Parliament: Close the Gap

I represent the land of the Bidjigal and Gadigal people in the south-east of Sydney. I recognise and respect that the land and water around Botany Bay and the beautiful coastline of Sydney's south-east has been their home for tens of thousands of years.

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Speech to Parliament: Vale Dan Cullen

Recently the community of Kingsford Smith lost a true hero and local legend in Dan Cullen. Born in Bunbury, Western Australia, in 1914, Dan showed early talent as a golfer and would go on to win the Western Australian Open in 1937 and 1938.

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Speech to Parliament: Removal of historic Randwick trees

The Baird Liberal government is engaging in one of the worst cases of environmental vandalism in our community in a very long time.

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