Media Releases & Speeches

Speech to Parliament: In Commemoration of Sister Philomene Tiernan

On behalf of the people of Kingsford Smith I offer our sincerest condolences and thoughts to the families and friends of the victims of the unspeakable crime and tragedy that was the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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Speech to Parliament: Chinese Youth League of Australia

I wish to congratulate the Chinese Youth League of Australia, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary at a gala dinner in Sydney on 5 July that I was fortunate to attend.

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Question to Parliament: Tools for your Trade

MR THISTLETHWAITE (Kingsford Smith): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to correspondence from Paul Byrne in my electorate, who runs a small electrical contracting business that employs a number of apprentices.

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Speech to Parliament: South Sydney High School's Multicultural Flag Ceremony

I congratulate the students, staff and families of South Sydney High School on a very successful multicultural flags ceremony, on 20 June, which I was fortunate to attend. Their flags ceremony is a celebration of our nation's greatest asset: our diversity and our multiculturalism.

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Speech to Parliament: NAIDOC Week 2014

Each year in July the electorate of Kingsford Smith pays tribute and thanks to the local Aboriginal community and celebrates its history, culture and achievements through NAIDOC Week.

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Speech to Parliament: Tools for your Trade

I wish to inform the House of an email I received from a local trades person on 19 May this year. It reads:

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Speech to Parliament: Future of Financial Advice

In 2012, along with the member for Oxley, I travelled to Wollongong as a member of the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services. At that public hearing in Wollongong we listened to the stories of hundreds of mum and dad investors who had lost their life savings in the collapse of Trio Capital.

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Speech to Parliament: Clean Energy Legislation

I speak in support of the amendment to be moved by the member for Port Adelaide to establish an emissions trading scheme. For me, this debate is about the appropriate action that we should be taking on climate change.

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Speech to Parliament: Paying Tribute to a Local Hero

I pay tribute to Patrick Byrne, former president of the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League Club, who passed away tragically on 23 May. Patrick Byrne was a remarkable Australian—community minded, fiercely loyal to his family and friends and, above all, heroic.

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Speech to Parliament: Standing up for Overseas Aid

In December last year I was fortunate to visit Vanuatu with the foreign minister and visit in the capital the Vanuatu Women's Centre. We spoke to a young Ni-Vanuatu girl who is benefitting from Australian aid dollars. She was the victim of domestic violence.

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