Speeches

I have been questioning the Qld Labor Government's infrastructure spend for years and I asked the Parliamentary Budget Office to analysis the figures.

The result?

Irrefutable evidence of a massive infrastructure cut.


What does it mean to be an Australian? on 23 September I had the pleasure of congratulating our newest Australian citizens at citizenship ceremonies here on the Sunshine Coast. To witness 192 people from 43 different backgrounds was truly inspiring. Each and every one of them is now a bonafide Aussie and we’re a stronger nation for it. Congratulations and welcome!


Together with my state colleagues, Fiona Simpson MP, State Member for Maroochydore; Dan Purdie, State Member for Ninderry; Brent Mickelberg, State Member for Buderim; and Marty Hunt, State Member for Nicklin, we met with businesses, job placement agencies, chambers of commerce and individuals to hear their views on how the State and Federal Governments can support jobs recovery on the Coast. This video was taken during our Jobs Forum in Maroochydore with Fiona Simpson MP.


I had great pleasure in talking with ABC's Patricia Karvela's on Tuesday 8 September regarding my position on the Australian-China relationship and calling for a Free Trade Agreement with Taiwan.


Ted O'Brien MP speaks to TISCA's Steve Morrison about how JobKeeper has kept the doors open to his agricultural machinery business and his staff employed through the COVID pandemic.


The Federal Government’s extension and expansion of the JobKeeper program has been passed through Parliament to ensure that we can continue supporting businesses, employees and families through these incredibly difficult times.

While the JobKeeper payment rate will be reduced from the 28th of September, eligible businesses will now be able to have clarity and confidence that crucial JobKeeper support payments of some capacity will continue to be paid up until 28 March 2021.


Our seniors have been doing it tough this year.

As we continue to see lockdowns and restrictions in aged care facilities, it is as important as ever that we celebrate our seniors, their wonderful lives and contributions.  


During the August/September 2020 Parliamentary sitting period, I was part of a trial to remotely access Parliament and on 31 August I asked a question in Question Time from my office on the Sunshine Coast.


The Lions Club of Buderim has been nurturing the idea of a garden, focused on biodiversity and embracing all walks of life. Now it has come into being, helped by a $5,225 Federal Government Communities Environment Program grant.


On the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, the last surviving WWII veteran in the Coolum-Peregian RSL Sub-Branch Francis (Frank) McGreevy, together with Ted O’Brien MP commemorated VP Day (Victory in the Pacific) with the unveiling of a dedicated plaque honouring all who served in WWII and the significance of the war’s end on April 15, 1945, at the Coolum-Peregian cenotaph. 


Our seniors have been doing it tough recently.

As we enter into this year’s Seniors Week, which runs from the 15th to the 23rd of August, let’s celebrate their lives and their contribution.  

I’m looking to uncover some of the rich stories and history of our seniors – past and present - but I need your help.


Yandina Community Gardens has combined the funds from two Federal Government Environment Grants to pilot a three-way organic waste management system for the town.

 

More information HERE.


It was a pleasure to host the Prime Minister in Fairfax on 28 July 2020 during a visit to The Ginger Factory.

During his visit, he met with businesses, including Buderim Ginger and Kokopod Chocolate and staff relaying on JobKeeper to keep their business afloat and people in jobs.

The Federal Government's economic support measures are working. Over 13,800 businesses applied for JobKeeper in April and over 24,000 individuals are receiving JobSeeker payments (June) on the Sunshine Coast. 


 

Here are five pieces of good news for local businesses as we start the new financial year:

  1. Tax cuts for small businesses for 2020/21
  2. Extension of the $150,000 Instant Asset Write-Off until December 2020
  3. Further Cash Flow Boost due in July
  4. 10,000 more First Home Loan Deposit Scheme now available
  5. More flexibility for Paid Parental Leave

 


I had great pleasure in being Keynote Speaker at the Nuclear for Power Plenary Session at the International Youth Nuclear Congress 2020 in Sydney where I briefed attendees on the Standing Committee on Environment and Energy's inquiry into the Australia's future readiness for nuclear technology as an energy source.