Media Releases & Speeches

Speech to Parliament: Australian Education Amendment Bill

In mid-August this year I was quite fortunate to visit the remote Northern Territory community of Ntaria, where I volunteered at the local school. I was in Ntaria as a volunteer and a guest of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy — or NASCA— as part of their role models tour. It was my job to not only help promote and encourage healthy living, education and employment for the young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students but to also experience firsthand the challenge of improving educational standards in remote Aboriginal communities. And what a challenge that is.

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Speech to Parliament: Fighting to Save the RET

On behalf of my community I present a petition signed by 313 members of the community calling on the Abbott government not to abandon the renewable energy target and to continue to ensure that Australia promotes investment in renewable energy. CLICK HERE to sign the Save the RET Petition

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Speech to Parliament: Fiji Elections an Important Success

I am pleased to add a contribution to this important motion congratulating the Fijian people on the elections that were held on 17 September this year. A number of us were fortunate to be part of an observer mission to view those elections and to play a role in this vital step that Fiji has taken on the path back to democracy. The successful and well-run elections on 17 September were an important first step on that path back to democracy.

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Speech to Parliament: Brien Holden Vision Institute

I congratulate the board, staff and supporters of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, which is situated in the University of New South Wales and recently hosted me on a visit. The staff of this wonderful organisation have a simple mission: vision care solutions for everyone, everywhere.

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Speech to Parliament: Fair Entitlements Guarantee Bill

I am opposed to the passage of this bill quite simply because it is unfair. It impacts on vulnerable employees and it cuts community standards of entitlement in the case of redundancy payments, payments for unpaid annual leave, unpaid wages, unpaid superannuation in the case of a company or an employer going broke—becoming bankrupt or having a company liquidated. It unfairly impacts on the most vulnerable in our community. The bill should not pass in the form that it is in.

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Speech to Parliament: Celebrating St Michael's Centenary

This year marks the centenary of my former primary school, St Michael's Catholic Primary School in Daceyville in my community. I wish to congratulate all the staff, students and parents for a wonderful year of centenary celebrations. 

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Speech to Parliament: Vale Garry Ardler

It is with great sadness that I pay tribute and respect to Garry Ardler, a true leader of the Indigenous community in Kingsford Smith, who tragically passed away on 4 September at the age of 48.

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Speech to Parliament: Mission to Iraq

When I think of Australian values, words that come to mind include 'democracy', 'peace', 'secularism' and 'the rule of law'. They are the values which define our system of government, our culture and, indeed, our approach to international relations and diplomacy.

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Speech to Parliament: Abbott Breaks Super Commitment

Our clear, categoric commitment to the Australian people is that we are not going to make unexpected, adverse changes to superannuation.

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Speech to Parliament: Labor Condemns acts of Islamic State in Iraq

I am pleased to support the motion moved by the member for McMahon. Iraq has gone from tragedy to tragedy over the past decade. We all know the horrors that have befallen the Assyrian, Chaldean, Mandean, Coptic and Yazidi people.

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