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The Sunshine Coast is lucky to have almost 30 craft brewers and boutique distilleries, creating delicious drinks and local jobs.

The Federal Government has given this important sector a welcome boost with additional tax relief.

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The IOC will announce on 21 July if South East Queensland's bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been successful.

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As the Sunshine Coast debates the options for mass transit, Ted O'Brien MP says let's not neglect the need for better and faster rail services to and from Brisbane.

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Four magnificent Sunshine Coast residents were recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.

 

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The show is go. I'm referring of course to the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, which is all go this year. From Friday 11 to Sunday 13 June the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show is back and it will be open.

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I  wish  to  give credit  to  the  residents  of  the  Sunshine  Coast,  especially older  residents,  for  the  role  they have  played  in  what  has  turned  out  to be  a  multiyear process  that  has  brought  us  to  where we are  today  with  respect  to  aged  care.

 

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Love: it's not a topic we frequently talk about in this place—and I'm not thinking about the deep affection that those opposite feel towards me and my colleagues, but rather the love that has been tested through COVID-19.

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Australian businesses are working hard to research and commercialise new ideas.

That's why the Federal Government is supporting those efforts, through collaboration with the CSIRO, tax breaks and grants.

Coolum dairy company Naturo, in my electorate of Fairfax, is a great example of innovation at work.

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Watch this video to learn how Ted O'Brien and the 2021-22 Federal Budget delivered fantastic outcomes for the craft brewery and small distillery sector on the Sunshine Coast.

From July 1, small brewers and distillers will benefit from $225 million in tax relief to support more jobs and investment as part of the 2021–22 Budget.

"This is no small beer," Mr O'Brien told the parliament.

"Craft brewers and distillers are not only key employers across regional and rural Australia, they are also a major drawcard for tourists to regions such as the Sunshine Coast."


With South-East Queensland confirmed as the preferred candidate for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games - what does this mean for Queensland? If we secure the 2032 Games, we will have more than half the world's eyeballs fixated on Brisbane and Queensland, and so it's important that we help frame our region's identity to the rest of the world.

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The Australian Government is being urged to call for a United Nations' investigation into serious and systematic human rights breaches by the Chinese Government. 

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There is one form of infrastructure that would transform the Sunshine Coast like none other. Better rail. Watch on to hear Ted update parliament on his critical infrastructure project. 

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The rate of suicide in Australia is over double the national death toll on our roads.

This is of grave concern to us all.

According to the latest ABS data there were 3,318 deaths by intentional self harm in 2019.

This is 3,318 deaths too many and equates to nine deaths every single day.

I recently spoke about this incredibly difficult and sensitive issue in Parliament, making specific mention to Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast PHN and the launch of 'The Way Back' program.

If you need support head to: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

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The China Question - Ted explains his take on the current Australia-China relationship. You can read Ted's opinion piece in the latest edition of Quadrant Magazine HERE.


Ted O'Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax recently caught up with a local restaurateur to discuss his business needs. Watch this video to learn what he had to say.