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We have a scoreboard that proves that we're delivering on (jobs). National unemployment is 5.5 per cent. On the Sunshine Coast, where I live, it's 4.8 per cent. It's 4.9 per cent in the seat of Fairfax. The only way we can ensure our younger generations have an opportunity with work is to continue on that path of economic reform.

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"Today I pay tribute to all mothers. In all our deliberations of public policy in this House, across every portfolio, we must have mothers at the forefront of our minds."

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"What gives me great hope for our future is witnessing young Australians who are leaders among their peers recognise that, as leaders,

the weight of their responsibility is heavier than the weight of their rights."

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"We produce amazing goods and services, and this government has been supporting our businesses to ensure we are competitive within the global economy."

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"(The Greens' accusations) are a vile insult, not only to a courageous and respected leader but to all men and women who have served with him, those we send in our name to endure the stress and brutality of war."

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"We are going after a proposal for fast rail that would connect Brisbane through Moreton Bay, up through the Sunshine Coast. This is a bold and transformative project."

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"This bill is a multi-staged tax reform package that benefits all Australians; a reform that is essential to our prosperity and competitiveness as a nation and as a people."

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"This bill before the House today aims to stop the Labor Party from ever being able to run a (Mediscare) campaign again. It extends the illegality of impersonating a Commonwealth officer to also include impersonating a Commonwealth agency such as Medicare."

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"We have the opportunity to actually have capital cities or regions establish a very set vision for what their future is and then pull on every lever possible to deliver on that vision."

 

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'...Any senior official who undermines the interests of the nation that they represent is not worthy of office, and the Leader of the Opposition should have the courage to remove the senator from this parliament...'

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'...I rise to support the amendment put by the member for Deakin. To me, it addresses a deficiency in the bill where there's an embedded assumption that religious beliefs are more important than conscientious beliefs. There's an assumption in the bill that says religion is more important than conscience...'

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'...Changing the definition of marriage is more than a legal issue; it's a social issue—a social issue that holds great cultural significance. This is why I have been, from the get-go, so supportive of a plebiscite as the best process to resolve the matter...The Australian people have spoken, and what they've said in an overwhelming majority is that they want this parliament to legislate for same-sex marriage... I intend to honour the will of the Australian people and support legislation for same-sex marriage.

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'...The operating mechanism of the cashless debit card is simple enough: having 80 per cent of welfare payments to recipients quarantined to be spent in the best interest of welfare recipients and their dependants, and not used for the purchase of alcohol, drugs or gambling products.....

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'...As much as each and every one of us loves our children, so too did Bruce and Denise Morcombe love their child, Daniel, who in 2003, at the age of only 13, was abducted and murdered— and they've given their lives to education ever since. Tomorrow, I walk with the Morcombes for Day for Daniel. I carry a message from the Prime Minister, and, with the blessing of this House, I would also like to carry your best wishes to the entire Morcombe family...'

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'...I rise in the chamber today in enthusiastic support of the member for Tangney's motion acknowledging the commitment of the Turnbull government and the hard work of our law enforcement  agencies, health workers and support services in fighting illicit drugs, and in particular, crystal meth, or ice. New data from the ABS shows that 1,808 Australians died from drugs in 2016. While some were drug suicides, the vast majority were accidental overdoses...'

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