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A statement from Ted O'Brien MP on the Morrison - Frydenberg Federal Government.


The bill to which we refer today builds upon one of the most important networks of strategic and economic relationships that Australia has: our relationships with our closest neighbours, the nations and people of the South Pacific.

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Energy prices in Queensland are too high. The Queensland Government  has been more than happy to see poles and wires  charged to consumers at ridiculous, inflated prices. They've been more than happy to see the values of those assets maintained at a high level. The answer is to actually write down those assets.

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While the Battle of Long Tan recedes into an increasingly distant past, I'm confident that its memory will continue to stir the hearts of generations of Australians to come. To those who have served and those who continue to serve, we say a very big thank you and lest we forget.

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If the Queensland state government were to write down its network assets, or even half of them, it would have a material impact on electricity prices. But, when I raised the prospect last Friday, the idea copped a public rebuke from the Palaszczuk government as a thought-bubble not worthy of consideration. 

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The Turnbull government takes very seriously the role that a balanced and properly weighted tax system plays in sustaining not only fairness and justice but also a strong economy that not only underpins jobs but is also the means by which essential services are assured for millions of Australians.

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One year ago, I rose to add my voice to a growing chorus of voices warning of a slippery slope of political correctness and socialist virtue signalling. We are one year on from my first raising concerns about the slippery slope of political correctness, and it continues.

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The ATO and the Department of Home Affairs estimate that almost $600 million in tobacco duty was forgone in the 2015-16 financial year due to Australia's illicit tobacco trade. This bill involves giving Australian Border Force personnel improved tools for dealing what has proved to be a significant problem in prosecuting smugglers at the border under the current form of the Customs Act.

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The Coalition government believes in creating jobs. The Labor Party believes in taxing people. Labor's plan isn't to create jobs but to actually make people poorer.

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The Sunshine Coast Lightning did us proud by advancing to the Preliminary-finals of the National Netball League with their 1 point win over the Brisbane Firebirds! They now play the Sydney Giants at 1pm on Sunday 19 August for a spot in the Grand Final in Perth. Go Lightning!


I am pleased to present you with my 2017/18 Annual Report for Fairfax.

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This bill is part of a wider suite of targeted reforms under this government—reforms that safeguard and sustain Australia's huge $2.6 trillion superannuation sector. The reforms introduced into this parliament will improve the governance, transparency and accountability of superannuation funds, while additional reforms will protect Australians' hard-earned savings by ensuring that all workers get their superannuation guarantee entitlements on time and in full.

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What we see with the Australian National University's rejection of a new course on Western civilisation is symptomatic of a lack of leadership through other institutions when it comes to fostering those key values of our liberal democracy: freedom, equality, justice and so forth. Unless we have our key institutions fostering such values, then, indeed, our civilisation will decline. 

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In Longman, the Labor Party are running an unashamed untruth. On the one hand they're saying, 'Look over here; there's a problem with hospital funding.' Meanwhile, what are they doing with the other hand? They're picking the pockets of the people of Longman. That's what they're doing. They are reaching their hands into the pockets of every retiree, every worker and every family, and they're taking every dollar they can. 

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 I've had the privilege, together with my Team Queensland LNP colleagues, of coming to understand the Land 400 project in great detail, because Team Queensland put its shoulder to the wheel in support of a bid that would see the manufacturing of 211 combat reconnaissance vehicles in Queensland. That was a $5.2 billion project, and that will see this new fleet of CRVs roll out.

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