Media Releases & Speeches

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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Speech to Parliament: Fighting for DFAT workers' jobs

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I agree with the points made by the member for Brisbane. That is why Labor in government committed to spending more on combating domestic violence and women's programs, particularly in the Pacific, through Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development.

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Speech to Parliament: Standing up for Child Care

I am pleased to speak in support of the amendment moved by the member for Adelaide. In doing so, I speak on behalf of 6,850 families in the electorate of Kingsford Smith who receive the childcare benefit and the childcare rebate—that much-needed support for affordable child care in our community. 

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Speech to Parliament: Indian Election

I am pleased to rise in support of this motion moved by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition noting the recent election victory by Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, but also congratulating the people of India for a very successful election and the largest democratic exercise in the world.

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Speech to Parliament: Windgap Foundation

I wish to congratulate the staff, volunteers and generous donors to the Windgap Foundation for their gala ball on 12 May, which raised $125,000 for this wonderful association.

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Speech to Parliament: Bangladeshi Community Fundraiser

I wish to congratulate the Bangladeshi community of Kingsford Smith for holding a very successful biggest morning tea event last Sunday in Mascot to raise money for cancer research.

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Speech to Parliament: Fallen Lifesavers Memorial

I wish to outline to the Federation Chamber the unveiling of the memorial to former lifesavers which occurred on 27 April at Coogee Beach in my electorate.

The fallen lifesavers memorial is a wonderful tribute to lifesavers throughout Australia who have paid the supreme sacrifice and given their lives defending our nation in all theatres of war.

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Speech at ARM Event: Roadmap for Republicans

I have been a member for the Australian Republican Movement for 17 years and like all of you in this room I want to see an Australian as our Head of State.

I don’t believe I need to convince you of the reasons why we should become a republic.

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Speech to Parliament: Greek Independence Day

On Sunday (23 March), I had the pleasure of attending the Greek Independence Day commemoration at the Cenotaph in Sydney to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the Greek War of Independence.

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