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I rise today to pay tribute to young Australians, in particular, young Australians in the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast. We've all been hit by the COVID-19 in many different ways and Youth Unemployment rates on the Sunshine Coast is now 15.9%.

But beyond Government doing it's bit, beyond young people doing their bit, beyond businesses trying to employ, I want to encourage young people to have a go at starting their own businesses.


An independent analysis by the Federal Parliamentary Budget Office has uncovered irrefutable evidence which proves that the Queensland Government is spending half as much on infrastructure compared to the governments of New South Wales and Victoria.

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Donating a marquee is only a small gesture, but it's one that I've been happy to make to several organisations, including Hoofbeats Sanctuary, the Buderim Lions Club, the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, the Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club, the Coolum Crusaders Soccer Club and Bli Bli United Football Club.


I had a great time recently,  throwing the footy around at the Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club after donating a marquee in recognition of the important role the Club plays in our local community. 

Donating a marquee is only a small gesture, but it’s one that I’ve been happy to make to organisations including:    


Introducing the BOXER – the most lethal piece of equipment in the combat reconnaissance range. These 35-tonne state of the art vehicles were built by Rheinmetall at their brand-new Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) which was officially opened by Scott Morrison in Redbank, QLD. Team Queensland - QLD's 29 LNP Federal MPs and Senators - fought for this world-class facility, which includes an advanced manufacturing workforce and over 450 employees. This is one of our greatest achievements.


The 2020-21 Federal Budget was handed down on the 6th of October 2020 and sends a clear message to all Australians that the Federal Government has their back as we embark on a job-led economic recovery.


I welcomed the Hon Trevor Evans, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management to the Sunshine Coast on 30 September 2020 to announce a $20,000 Communities Environment Grant to support their work.


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.