Media Releases & Speeches

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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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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