Media Releases & Speeches

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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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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