Media Releases & Speeches

Speech to Parliament: Coalition Cuts to Pacific Aid

On 19 December, on a steamy day in Port Vila, I was fortunate to visit the Vanuatu Women's Centre in a modest cottage on the outskirts of that nation's capital.

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Speech to Parliament: Standing up for Qantas workers

The Abbott government is a disgrace. One of the nation's biggest reforms in Qantas's 93-year history, and what do they do? They gag debate, they refuse consideration of the bill in detail, and they ram through the House of Representatives a reform that is likely to result in the break-up of our nation's carrier.

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Speech to Parliament: Sydney Multicultural Community Services

I wish to pay tribute to the enormously valued volunteers and staff of the Sydney Multicultural Community Services in my electorate.

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Speech to Parliament: Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill

I support the passage of the Excise Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014 and the Customs Tariff Amendment (Tobacco) Bill 2014 in the terms of the amendment moved by the member for Fraser.

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Speech to Parliament: Aboriginal Markets and Indigenous Workshops

Yesterday I had the great privilege of attending the inaugural Aboriginal Markets and Workshops at the historic Bare Island in our community.

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Speech to Parliament: Maroubra Saints AFL Club

On 21 February I had the great honour of attending the mighty Maroubra Saints AFL Club season launch. This wonderful community club formed only 14 years ago and has grown to one of the biggest sporting clubs in our community.

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Speech to Parliament: Westconnex

I speak in opposition to this motion. Labor is not opposed to the WestConnex project but we are opposed to short-term planning and political fixes, which this project and this motion appear to be.

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Speech to Parliament: Coalition Silence on Asylum Seeker Policy

I offer some simple statistics. In the two weeks prior to the federal election, 26 August to 7 September, the number of asylum seeker boats that arrived in Australia totalled four—four boats. Why is that? It is quite simply because Labor implemented a policy of a regional resettlement arrangement, a cooperative arrangement with an important partner in Papua New Guinea that sent a strong message to people smugglers and those seeking to come here by boat that if you come here by boat you will end up being processed in Papua New Guinea.

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Speech to Parliament: Joseph James Seddon

On 16 November, our community lost a great man. Joseph James Seddon, or Joe, as he was affectionately known, lost his battle with cancer. The name Joe Seddon is synonymous with surf-lifesaving in Sydney, in particular in his beloved Coogee. Joe made a long-lasting contribution to surf-lifesaving, swimming and water safety in the Sydney community.

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Speech to Parliament: La Perouse Museum

On 17 November, I had the great honour of attending the Friends of La Perouse Museum annual general meeting with my fellow patrons the Consul-General of France, Eric Berti, and Don Harwin MLC of the New South Wales Parliament.

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