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With the national accounts released again today, we see the Australian economy is rock-solid and growing. The Labor party haven't got a clue when it comes to the economy. They never have had. They've never known how to manage an economy.

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 I rise in this Chamber today to talk about Jacob Mabb, a 21-year-old who passed away having incurred dreadful and, as it
turned out, terminal brain injuries after a motorcycle accident in Bali. 

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Blistering heatwave conditions continue across Queensland. For more than a week, temperatures have soared past 40 degrees in parts of the state, while hot, dry, westerly winds have blasted coastal districts. This situation, combined with tinder-dry vegetation, has created some of the most extreme—indeed, catastrophic—fire conditions recorded in the state of Queensland.

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If you want a sneak preview into how the Labor Party would manage its national energy policy, look no further than its comrades in Queensland and the horror story which is the Queensland energy sector. Most times when you talk about Labor and management, you could call it out for those two words almost being an oxymoron.

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In Queensland a quarterly bill is how much the average Queenslander is being ripped off on an annual basis. So Queenslanders, if you want to know how much the Queensland Labor Party are ripping you off through energy, look at your bill. Whatever your last quarterly bill was, that's how much you're getting ripped off every single year.

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As we all know, the Labor Party are more than happy to rip off everyday Australians. But they're not going to get away with it. No matter what immoral disregard they show for senior Australians, they will be fought every step of the way so that they do not come to this side of the House.

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The tragedy of Vietnam tore at Australia's social fabric, perhaps more than any conflict since the First World War, and damaged an entire generation of young Australians.  The Open Arms counselling service of today and the VVCS that preceded it is the enduring legacy of those veterans and is their gift to future generations of men and women who serve in the defence of our nation.

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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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