Speeches

"On this side of the House, the vast majority of people have started businesses and we have run businesses—it is in our DNA. We know the importance of ensuring (1) access to capital and (2) good, solid cash flow. One of the things this coalition government is driving towards is a greater ability for small businesses to raise capital."

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"I think there is no secret that the world is currently amidst an enormous amount of volatility and uncertainty. At times like this, we need to ensure that the architecture across the international environment is one that reconciles with Australia's values and indeed with the existing open trade arrangement that has persisted post-World War II."

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"I'm proud to sit on the side of the chamber that knows how to run an economy and run a country."

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"As a relatively new MP in this place, can I stress how important it is for us to be listening to our constituents, and how much I learn the more that I listen, and the more that I listen and learn, the better I will be at representing the people of Fairfax."

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"The National Stronger Regions Fund has been a roaring success. And can I say how happy I am that within the seat of Fairfax, the Nambour Heritage Tramway project was a recipient in round 3."

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"On one hand, this bill levels the playing field by empowering consumers, by allowing them to be more informed and, on the other hand, this bill allows local players in the food industry to accentuate that which is their greatest differentiator—the fact that they, thanks to this bill, can be recognised as Australian."

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"The benefits from the passage of this bill will be shared—it is good for both countries. India gets from Australia a reliable, secure source of uranium to help it meet its targets for a massive increase in the availability of energy for domestic and industrial wealth-generating use, and Australia gets a very significant economic and jobs boost."

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"The Sunshine Coast is back with effective representation across the Sunshine Coast. I'm proud to stand with colleagues, Andrew Wallace (Fisher) and Llew O'Brien (Wide Bay) in delivering for our region."

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"If there is an inequality right now for which we should all hold responsibility for fixing, it is generational inequality. Generational inequality comes about if we do not take action to arrest the debt. That is precisely, unfortunately, what the Labor Party would have us not do—they do not want to arrest the debt."

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"Small Businesses are the heart of the Sunshine Coast economy and I love to brag on them whenever I can."

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"If we truly believe in compassion then we need to control our borders, because the stronger they are controlled, the more we can give."

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"We need evidence-gathering powers to be retained; we need to introduce an effective building code; and we need to take away the opportunity for big employers and big unions to collude locking out smaller players and discriminating against subcontractors. We need the ABCC reinstated."

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"I stand today to pay tribute to a brave little girl from Nambour, seven-year-old Olivia Valli."

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"There is an old rule, and it applies to business as much as it applies to countries or regions: when you want to grow your economy, the No. 1 thing you need to do is protect and leverage your core."

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"The context for the measures in the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 is change—change driven by the information revolution; changein communications technology; change that is having a dramatic impact on the competitiveness of traditional media platforms."

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