Speeches

The coalition government respects the dignity and is responding to the needs of older Australians. There is not a crisis. Older Australians need not be suffering anxiety from the fear that the Labor Party is trying to engender. Funding to aged care continues to grow with this government, with ongoing investment. It's for that reason that I'm very happy to reject their lies and their taxes and support the federal government.

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The arts and cultural sectors are alive and well here on the Sunshine Coast. I took the opportunity to remind my colleagues in Canberra last week.

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The debt Australia owes our military past, present and future is immeasurable. It is a debt we owe for our basic freedoms and our way of life. As capable and increasingly well-equipped as our Defence Force personnel most certainly are—drawn from a country of just 25 million people—the ADF cannot hope to comprehensively protect our freedoms or defend our democracy and interests all by themselves.

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"There is an enemy of freedom, and that enemy is political correctness. I am becoming increasingly concerned by the overreach of political correctness in our country. It's an overreach which is an enemy of the core values of our society, which is why I stand to speak on it tonight."

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"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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"There's a vacant seat in this chamber on which two words are written. Do you know what those two words are? Those two words are 'Trevor Ruthenberg'—

A government member: Big Trev."

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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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When it comes to ensuring that our cities have the vital infrastructure they need, it isn't just about 'show us the money'. Even though, yes, we have spent more and invested more than Labor. That is why we have crafted a Smart Cities Plan. It is one plan that ensures that we have smart investment, smart policy and smart technology.

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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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