90 SECOND STATEMENT: LOTA HOUSE DEVELOPMENT

A proposed aged care development in Lota has united my bayside constituents like few others. I phone canvassed the area and stopped by the local Manly Markets recently. The number one issue for locals by far was the proposed Lota House development. Lota House is a significant two-storey Queensland Heritage building that was constructed in…

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90 SECOND STATEMENT: BETTER AGEING GRANT PROGRAM

It was great to see the Minister for Sport launch the Move It Australia—Better Ageing Grant Program last month. With our ageing population, it’s more important than ever to get older Australians up and moving. The Better Ageing Grant Program has grants of up to $2 million available to help deliver sporting programs to Australians…

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ADJOURNMENT: WYNNUM AND MANLY DISTRICT MEALS ON WHEELS

Last month I spoke about one of the extraordinary volunteers in my electorate, Irene Edwards. Earlier this year Irene received a Medal of the Order of Australia for her volunteer work at Wynnum Manly Meals on Wheels and other local organisations. Today I want to talk about her husband Ken Edwards, also OAM. Ken is…

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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS: ECONOMY

I rise to speak on the motion moved by the Member for Forde. And what a good motion it is—more good news for our economy and more jobs created under the Coalition government’s strong economic management. Since coming to government in 2013 we’ve created a million jobs and counting. Now with economic growth and jobs…

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ADJOURNMENT: WHAT’S YOUR SUPERPOWER

I have some very special guests in the chamber tonight. Laura Lewis and Deborah Oxtoby are two incredible advocates for people with autism in our community. Hi Laura! Hi Deb! They flew down from Brisbane to be here tonight. I hope this speech can do justice to your amazing work and the difference you’re making…

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CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT: DONATELIFE WEEK

Last month we had DonateLife Week. I hope everyone had a chance to have that very difficult but necessary chat with their loved ones. That week I met an extraordinary young man from my electorate. Lachlan Wallis knows more than anyone how important it is to register as an organ and tissue donor. Lachlan was…

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90 SECOND STATEMENT: PORT OF BRISBANE COMMUNITY GRANTS

The winter break was a great time to catch up with local companies that are going above and beyond in Bonner. One of these is the Port of Brisbane Company. Just recently Port of Brisbane recognised outstanding local organisations for their work in the community through a range of grants. They’ve also been working on…

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90 SECOND STATEMENT: SNR SGT TONY BROWN

Today I want to speak about a remarkable figure in the bayside community. Senior Sergeant Tony Brown recently marked 30 years as a police officer. It’s a rare feat in his line of work. I have to say Tony’s done a terrific job while he’s been acting officer-in-charge at Wynnum Police Station. Earlier this year,…

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