Media Releases & Speeches

Speech to Parliament: Maroubra Saints AFL Club

On 21 February I had the great honour of attending the mighty Maroubra Saints AFL Club season launch. This wonderful community club formed only 14 years ago and has grown to one of the biggest sporting clubs in our community.

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Speech to Parliament: Westconnex

I speak in opposition to this motion. Labor is not opposed to the WestConnex project but we are opposed to short-term planning and political fixes, which this project and this motion appear to be.

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Speech to Parliament: Coalition Silence on Asylum Seeker Policy

I offer some simple statistics. In the two weeks prior to the federal election, 26 August to 7 September, the number of asylum seeker boats that arrived in Australia totalled four—four boats. Why is that? It is quite simply because Labor implemented a policy of a regional resettlement arrangement, a cooperative arrangement with an important partner in Papua New Guinea that sent a strong message to people smugglers and those seeking to come here by boat that if you come here by boat you will end up being processed in Papua New Guinea.

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Speech to Parliament: Joseph James Seddon

On 16 November, our community lost a great man. Joseph James Seddon, or Joe, as he was affectionately known, lost his battle with cancer. The name Joe Seddon is synonymous with surf-lifesaving in Sydney, in particular in his beloved Coogee. Joe made a long-lasting contribution to surf-lifesaving, swimming and water safety in the Sydney community.

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Speech to Parliament: La Perouse Museum

On 17 November, I had the great honour of attending the Friends of La Perouse Museum annual general meeting with my fellow patrons the Consul-General of France, Eric Berti, and Don Harwin MLC of the New South Wales Parliament.

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Speech to Parliament: Clovelly Road Better Block

On 27 October this year I was fortunate to attend the Clovelly Road Better Block. This was an event that was held on the northern boundary of my electorate of Kingsford Smith.

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Speech to Parliament: South Maroubra Village Green Art Show

The South Maroubra Village Green Art Show is a wonderful community art event in Kingsford Smith. It showcases the talent and promotes local artists in painting and photography.

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First Speech to the House of Represenatives

Madam Speaker, I am pleased to follow in your footsteps and deliver my second first speech in the parliament. I acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people and pay my respects to their elders. I also acknowledge the Bidgigal and Gadigal people who are the traditional owners of the land in Kingsford Smith and pay my respects to their elders.

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Speech to Parliament: Australian Jockeys' Right to Superannuation

The Australian Jockeys' Association, or AJA, represents all 850 jockeys throughout Australia. Many of them live in my electorate and work at the wonderful Royal Randwick racecourse.

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