Speeches

As a nation, we stand as one on Remembrance Day. It was a pleasure to be at the unveiling of the Eternal Flame at the Cotton Tree Park Cenotaph - symbolising eternal life and the spirit of freedom - remembering those who lay down their lives to build the Australia of today. 


Ted formally moves the motion for a Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety in Parliament. I am indeed delighted to put my name to this motion and commend the government for its decisive action in calling a royal commission into aged care, the key objective of which is to help build a national culture of respect for ageing and older Australians.

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With the Australian economy growing at 3.4 per cent and unemployment down to five per cent, you can see why this Liberal-National government has economic management as its strong suit.

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The measures outlined in this bill will ensure that all states and territories are better off and that all Australians get a fair go irrespective of where they choose to live. The bill delivers on a fairer and more sustainable GST distribution system.

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I've witnessed the frustration of men's sheds which are routinely denied DGR status, despite political activist groups enjoying such status. I encourage the government to consider a more comprehensive approach to supporting Australia's men's sheds by effectively granting them a special DGR listing in their own right.

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It was with much sadness that I received news last Thursday advising of the passing of Mrs Joyce Newton. Joyce led a full and giving life, a life claimed too early by the cruel ravages of motor neurone disease. Joyce, together with her husband and soulmate of 45 years, Greg, have been loyal friends and valued advisers not just of mine but of many, many people, including many parliamentarians for many years.

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I invite your input into an electorate-wide submission to the aged care Royal Commission. Join me at one of three Fairfax Aged Care Forums on 30 and 31 October. Booking essential - Register here 


I was recently invited by the Maroochy RSL to inspect progress on the construction of the eternal flame—the memorial that will sit at the Cotton Tree cenotaph in Maroochydore as part of the Armistice Centenary Grants Program. The Commonwealth has provided over $37,000 towards the the eternal flame to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the day that the guns fell silent on the Western Front.

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The Sunshine Coast is one of the fastest growing population centres in the country, yet access to Medicare subsidised MRI scans has fallen behind. This situation is especially acute at Buderim Private Hospital, the only not-for-profit private hospital on the Sunshine Coast. We cannot sustain a health system where public inpatients have better access to services, including MRI scans, than public outpatients or private patients.

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'We are grateful!. Thank you for your service. Navy, Army and Air Force.' Those are the words on a sticker that is now on the cars of thousands and thousands of residents on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, inspired by Jasmin Carmel - a mum who lost her boy, Jack, a veteran.

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The Australian community has every right to expect only the highest standards when it comes to aged-care services that support the dignity of older Australians and the peace of mind of loved ones.

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The Federal Government is investing in men's sheds here in Fairfax with $90k for the Sunshine Valley Men's Shed and $84k for the Coolum Men's Shed.


“Sabotaging a piece of fruit that could be swallowed by a child or anyone for that matter is horrific.

“The increase in penalties that this bill represents is needed. We need to ensure that, particularly children who might be vulnerable are protected.”

 

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"The feedback I get from older Australians and their families, from our annual Fairfax seniors forums and from regular meetings of the Fairfax Seniors Advisory Committee, is that more needs to be done to improve the quality of care; to provide better access to care; and to weed out abuse and substandard care."

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Big unions have turned workplace relations into big business. With surging profits that defy a collapsing membership, the financial interests of big unions often directly compromise the interests of the very workers they purport to represent.

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