PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL: Australia’s Defence Capability

Mr Speaker, I rise today to speak about the Morrison Government’s $270 billion investment into Australia’s Defence Capability. Mr Speaker, not only do I support this bill, I applaud this bill! We are living in increasingly uncertain times, both at home and abroad. Australia should and must always prioritise its own interests. And that is…

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3 MINUTE STATEMENT: Move for Oakley

Thank you, Deputy Speaker. Today I rise to speak on behalf of my constituents: Kate and Grant Gough and their six-month old baby, Oakley. I recently met with this beautiful family who shared with me the heartbreaking story of baby Oakley’s Spinal Muscular Atrophy diagnoses at just 8 weeks old. Sadly, SMA is the leading…

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REPORT: Question Time

Question time plays an important, critical review function in the House. In 2019 the Procedure Committee decided to inquire into the practices and procedures relating to this unique and very visible part of the parliamentary day. We were keen to hear directly from the public as part of our inquiry. As well as inviting submissions,…

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3 MINUTE STATEMENT: Women’s Safety

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Minister for Women’s Safety and Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon. Anne Ruston, for visiting my electorate of Bonner and meeting with local groups from across the women’s safety sector recently. It was a timely visit to address the topic of women’s equality, economic…

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90 second statement: Wynnum Fringe Festival

Deputy Speaker, I would like to take the opportunity to thank this Government for its continued investment into our communities following the disruptions caused by COVID-19. I am especially pleased to see the reinvigoration of the creative and cultural sectors in my electorate of Bonner, with the Wynnum Fringe Festival recently awarded $236,000 in funding…

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90 SECOND STATEMENT: NEGATIVE GEARING

Many of my constituents have shared with me their concerns about Labor’s plan to abolish negative gearing and increase capital gains tax by 50 per cent. And they have every right to be worried. If Labor gets these policies through, it will hurt over 35,000 households in Bonner that own their home, which will now…

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90 SECOND STATEMENT: TYPE 1 DIABETES FUNDING

I wanted to speak about the Coalition’s recent announcement that we’ll be investing $100 million to further help people with type 1 diabetes. This is fantastic news. The additional funding will expand free access to life-saving glucose monitoring devices to over 37,000 eligible people with type 1 diabetes, including pregnant women, children and more adults.…

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90 SECOND STATEMENT: SOUTHSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Last Wednesday the Brisbane Southside Chamber of Commerce held another successful Mini Business Expo. Unfortunately because of the sitting week I wasn’t able to be there, but my wonderful team was able to represent me there. The Expo gave the Chamber’s members the opportunity to meet and network with other business owners as well as…

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ADJOURNMENT DEBATE: SMALL BUSINESS TAX CUTS

There’s been some big news for Bonner recently! The winner of Queensland’s best fish and chip shop was one of our very own in Wynnum West. Fish and Chip Co was named overall winner of the 2018 Australian Fish and Chip Awards at the Queensland Seafood Industry Awards, or the Seafood Industry Oscars as they…

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GRIEVANCE DEBATE: MEDICARE MRI LICENCES

I’ve always made the issues that are important to my constituents my priority, and one of the most important is access to healthcare. For my constituents on Brisbane’s bayside, affordable access to MRIs has been an issue for some time. A few weeks ago I had a very informative meeting with the CEO of Queensland…

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