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It is not at all surprising that Labor again drivel untruths to try to tell a story. We know that Labor's spend on defence when they were in office—1.5 per cent of GDP—was actually lower than before World War 2. That is an absolute and utter disgrace. It takes a coalition government, the only side of politics that happens to know how to run an economy, to be able to ensure that defence spending is lifted. Defence spending has been lifted to be on track to two per cent of GDP.

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No-one on the side of the House, including me, is suggesting that nuclear technology—even small nuclear reactors—is an absolute certainty for this country. What we are suggesting is that this new and emerging technology should at least be assessed, should at least be considered as part of our future energy mix. Yet the Labor Party leadership, who proclaim that they are the champions of reducing emissions, blankly refuse to even consider it. It is rank hypocrisy of the highest order.

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Our nation, no doubt, started the year—and, indeed, the decade—with its challenges from drought, bushfires and the coronavirus. But, rightly, we paused as a nation to celebrate Australia Day. In doing so, we paused as a nation to celebrate some great Australians who make such a contribution, and I rise today to mention three from my part of the world. I want to pay tribute to three people who were honoured in the 2020 Australia Day awards.

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Every season, I enjoy going on a road trip around my electorate of Fairfax. Only a few weeks ago my summer road trip was all about the bushfires, for obvious reasons. I met with the people who were directly impacted, the residents of Peregian Beach and I met with technology businesses.

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Today in my role as Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Energy I presented to the House a report entitled 'Not without your approval: a way forward for nuclear technology in Australia'. This is a report of the House Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy. 

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Today, on the first sitting day of 2020, we put formal Parliamentary business aside, and my colleagues and I paid tribute to those impacted by Australia's devastating fires. Thank you to all those on the front line and Australia stands together in support of collective action to respond and recover.


The Standing Committee on Environment and Energy, of which I am Chair, is currently conducting an inquiry onto the efficacy of past and current vegetation and land management policy, practice and legislation and their effect on the intensity and frequency of bushfires.


A very Merry Christmas and safe and Happy New Year to everyone. I would especially like to thank our emergency service volunteers who will again be on call during this Christmas period.


I know we're all very excited; we're all pumped about Christmas coming up. But there is a five-year-old little girl in my electorate of Fairfax whose name is Scarlett. This year I suspect she's going to be excited not about Santa coming down the chimney but about something arriving in her letterbox. Take a guess what that is.

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In honour of Ruth Fairfax, two years ago I began a perpetual shield with schools in my electorate that recognised that next generation of leaders, the next generation of men and women who will be the Ruth Fairfaxes of the world in the future.

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Ted O'Brien MP speaks with Chris Kenny from Sky News about the status of the House Standing Committee on Environment and Energy's Inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia.


I was delighted only a few weeks ago to attend the launch of RideScore Active Schools on the Sunshine Coast. Full credit to We Ride Australia, who have championed this program. The federal government is tipping in about $225,000. We're working in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, with the state government, with Stockland at their new development and a range of other partners but, in particular, We Ride Australia.

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Did you know that every single day there are about 30 people across this country who survive due to surf lifesavers saving them? On 27 October this year, three surf lifesavers from the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club were on roving patrol. They were Robin Smith, Taylah Kouvaras and Abigail Green. They spotted a motionless body on the edges of the Maroochy River, they had no time to reflect; they acted. This person was blue and motionless, so they performed CPR. Thankfully, they were also able to use a defibrillator.

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Today I spoke in Parliament about the importance of Infrastructure in Queensland.  Last week, there was an announcement of $1.9 billion for infrastructure for Queensland. I can't tell you how impressed I was with the ongoing commitment of this government and its senior ministers to my part of the world. I'm delighted, too, that the member for Wide Bay, whose electorate is just north of the electorate of Fairfax, is here in the chamber. We now have $3.2 billion allocated to the Bruce Highway between Brisbane and the Wide Bay electorate.

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