Media Releases & Speeches

Speech to Parliament: Stop Over-Development in Kingsford Smith

When I was first elected as the member for Kingsford Smith, in September 2013, one of the first things that I did was to organise a public meeting at South Sydney Junior Rugby League Football Club in Kingsford to discuss with members of the public the New South Wales government's urban activation precinct policy at the time.

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Speech to Parliament: Meals on Wheels

I am very pleased to support this motion moved by the member for Ryan and pay tribute to the Meals on Wheels establishment and the wonderful work that it has done in Australia since 1952.

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Speech to Parliament: Terrorist Attacks Around The World

On behalf of the people of Kingsford Smith, I extend our sincerest condolences and sympathies to Parisians and the people of France as they recover from this evil atrocity perpetrated upon their nation by a group of individuals who are not human but, really, animals.

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Speech to Parliament: Iraq & Syria

Yesterday I met with representatives of the Assyrian community in my local area and heard their tales of despair over what is occurring in their homeland of Iraq and the persecution that many of their relatives and friends have faced over the last couple of years.

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Climate Action Rally Speech

In 2 weeks’ time the leaders of most of the world’s nations will meet in Paris to hopefully agree on a framework to reduce global carbon emissions and attempt to limit growth in global temperatures to 2 degrees to avoid catastrophic consequences of climate change.

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Speech to Parliament: Surfing Walk of Fame

Maroubra Beach is renowned for its powerful surf and for producing some of the world's best surfers and surf-lifesavers. This has been recognised in the fact that Maroubra Beach is the second national surfing reserve and the home of the Australian Surfing Walk of Fame.

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Speech to Parliament: Tribute to Brien Holden

It is with great sadness that I pay tribute to the life of my mate, Brien Holden, an internationally acclaimed researcher and head of the Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Brien was a tireless advocate for the vision impaired and, in particular, those in developing nations. He has been described as the most influential optometrist of our time.

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Speech to Parliament: Abbott Government pension changes grossly unfair

Pensioners are some of the most financially vulnerable members of our community. Although many have a high-value asset, their family home, they tend to be income poor. Most will get by on between $24,000 and $28,000 a year, so they are by no means well off.

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Speech to Parliament: Abbott Government Closure of Eastgardens Medicare

In March 2014, I was informed that the local Medicare office in our community, in Eastgardens shopping centre, would no longer open on a Saturday.

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Address to the Monash Sustainability Institute Workshop

Thank you to the Monash Sustainability Institute for the opportunity to speak at this very important workshop. I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and pay my respects to elders past and present.

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