Speeches

"Let's look at this budget, firstly from where we have come—and we've come a long way. We've come, of course, from the back of that disastrous Rudd-Gillard-Rudd era. It almost sends a shiver down the spine when you think of what they did to this country. We are on track to bring commonsense and economic stability back."

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"In my region of the Sunshine Coast alone, over 126,000 low- and middle-income earners are set to receive income tax relief next financial year thanks to this bill."

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"The importance of Queensland as a state was affirmed in this year's federal budget, where we saw so much money dedicated to infrastructure—well over $5 billion—on new projects. One of those projects, the upgrade of the North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum and Nambour, will receive a $390-million contribution."

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"Indonesia is a country of first-order importance to Australia, and that was confirmed in our foreign affairs white paper. It has a vibrant economy and a vibrant democracy of now over 250 million people. It's quite extraordinary. This is why they are vital to us not just on economic grounds but also on security and strategic grounds."

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The 2018 Federal Budget brings real benefits for the Sunshine Coast, with $2 billion of new infrastructure funding announced. Details here.


"Let's again shine a light on the Leader of the Opposition's absolute incompetence.' That's why he should never be Prime Minister."

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"Legal gambling appropriately takes place in Australia, and should only take place, under a social contract. This bill represents a bid to ensure that the terms of that social contract are indeed met by all of the players all of the time."

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"The federal budget has now been delivered and Queensland are winners big time. Twenty billion dollars is going to Queensland for infrastructure, including $5.2 billion for new projects."

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"Our intelligence agencies are currently managing around 400 high-priority counterterrorism investigations, and so it is essential that we continually invest in and support our national security agencies."

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The Deputy Prime Minister has announced that the Federal Government will fund duplication and capacity upgrades to the North Coast Rail Line between Beerburrum and Nambour. 


Our plan to duplicate the North Coast Rail Line and introduce fast rail from Brisbane to Nambour and Maroochydore is a game changer for the Sunshine Coast. Your backing is vital to this project and we, your elected representatives, will take your support with us to the State and Federal Parliaments to ensure your voice is heard. Register at www.fastrail.com.au


"Under a vision of a future with a Labor government, it is the everyday Australian being poorer. In a future under the coalition, it is everyday Australians being richer."

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"If Labor were to win government, all Australians would have to pay more. Why under a potential Labor government should people in my electorate— indeed, why should all Australians—have to be forced to pay more?"

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"We all know there is no greater responsibility for government than the protection of its people—the safety and security of Australians. As this motion notes, we need to ensure that not only are we protecting Australians but we also have an industry that is sustainably doing so over the longer term."

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"We need to ensure that we protect our culture, we protect our way of life and we call it out when people try to challenge it."

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