Media Releases & Speeches

Speech to Parliament: Bangladeshi Community Fundraiser

I wish to congratulate the Bangladeshi community of Kingsford Smith for holding a very successful biggest morning tea event last Sunday in Mascot to raise money for cancer research.

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Speech to Parliament: Fallen Lifesavers Memorial

I wish to outline to the Federation Chamber the unveiling of the memorial to former lifesavers which occurred on 27 April at Coogee Beach in my electorate.

The fallen lifesavers memorial is a wonderful tribute to lifesavers throughout Australia who have paid the supreme sacrifice and given their lives defending our nation in all theatres of war.

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Speech at ARM Event: Roadmap for Republicans

I have been a member for the Australian Republican Movement for 17 years and like all of you in this room I want to see an Australian as our Head of State.

I don’t believe I need to convince you of the reasons why we should become a republic.

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Speech to Parliament: Greek Independence Day

On Sunday (23 March), I had the pleasure of attending the Greek Independence Day commemoration at the Cenotaph in Sydney to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Greek War of Independence.

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Speech to Parliament: SchoolKids Bonus

Earlier this year, my eldest daughter started school. Like all parents, my wife and I want to give our kids the best education they can possibly get. Education is the foundation to a fulfilling and rewarding life.

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Speech to Parliament: Eastgardens Medicare Closure

Last week, the Minister for Human Services contacted my office to let me know that our local Medicare office at Eastgardens would no longer be open to deliver services to the public on Saturdays.

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Speech to Parliament: Coalition Cuts to Pacific Aid

On 19 December, on a steamy day in Port Vila, I was fortunate to visit the Vanuatu Women's Centre in a modest cottage on the outskirts of that nation's capital.

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Speech to Parliament: Standing up for Qantas workers

The Abbott government is a disgrace. One of the nation's biggest reforms in Qantas's 93-year history, and what do they do? They gag debate, they refuse consideration of the bill in detail, and they ram through the House of Representatives a reform that is likely to result in the break-up of our nation's carrier.

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Speech to Parliament: Sydney Multicultural Community Services

I wish to pay tribute to the enormously valued volunteers and staff of the Sydney Multicultural Community Services in my electorate.

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Speech to Parliament: Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill

I support the passage of the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014 in the terms of the amendment moved by the member for Fraser.

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