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...I want to say how honoured I feel as a member of the coalition—as a member of a party that understands that it is small business that keeps this economy running. On the Sunshine Coast alone, there are over 37,000 small businesses, and every single one of those businesses will enjoy a tax cut. Not one of them will lose out. And did you know that every single one of them will now, for another 12-month period, have access to the instant asset write-off? The Labor Party might oppose these measures for business, but of course the coalition deliver...

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...Here in Australia, despite our rich diversity, we are united because we are bound by a common set of values. We have no more important value than that of freedom: freedom realised through independence, self-reliance and dignity of the individual—the individual who is equal, no better, no worse than other individuals. They are ideals that, in turn, promote the protection of free speech and property rights and encourage human endeavour and free enterprise. These are the very things that have created the Australia of today: an open, liberal, freemarket economy.

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...Australia is one of the few countries in the world that have a planned resettlement program. It proactively goes out and selects the most vulnerable of these people and resettles them here in Australia. This is something that all Australians should be proud of. Australians are an open, tolerant and generous people, but we are also a pragmatic lot. I have never heard any Australian suggest we should invite all 21 million refugees to immigrate here or invite all 65 million displaced people to take refuge.

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Attracting capital creates jobs, and that is what this government does.

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Helping small business, can I say, is part of our (the Liberal Party's) DNA.

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I can assure you, Mr Deputy Speaker, as the member for Fairfax on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, that this will have a real impact on the ground

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There is no doubt that we Australians owe a great debt to our older citizens, our seniors. If it were not for them, our country would not be as safe, secure and prosperous as it is today.

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As a Queenslander, let me be very clear: I will not tolerate hearing—it does not matter whether from the Greens, Labor, GetUp! or a political activist—proposals which undermine our economic competence as a country.

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I welcome him (The Shadow Treasurer) to come to my patch on the Sunshine Coast and tell people that he refuses to support $530 million for the Bruce Highway.

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Freedom is something that each of us enjoy individually but its protection is something that has to be shared.

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This is a brilliant budget for Australia and for Queensland, and an absolute cracker for the Sunshine Coast.

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Where the coalition has committed $6.7 billion to the Bruce Highway, Labor committed $4.1 billion.

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The amendment he (the Leader of the Opposition) is suggesting, is to place severe restrictions on those who work under modern awards, but he wants to free up life for anybody who negotiates with a union for an enterprise agreement.

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This sets the scene for better days ahead for the Australian economy and, therefore, for the everyday Australian citizen.

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The Labor Party has nothing. They promised the NDIS, but they did not fund it. They championed Gonski, but only made false promises.

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