Speeches

Today I paid tribute to a wonderful man and community member in my electorate - Mr Ian Perkin.


As the Prime Minister's representative for Queensland's candidature for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I am happy to report that our pursuit is progressing - and progressing well. As such, it is timely that we reflect on why hosting the games in 2032 is in our National Interest. The 2032 games do not represent two weeks of a sporting spectacular as much as it represents two decades of legacy. A legacy in the lead up to the games, and a legacy after the games.

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We know this crisis is not just a health one, it's also an economic one, and I think we should acknowledge that credit-rating agency Fitch has this morning reaffirmed Australia's AAA credit rating. There will, however, be bumps in the road ahead. We know that, and we all have a role to play to ensure that we are supporting businesses and individuals.

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Ted explains the plan for the first stages of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout


Ted urges his political counterparts, business leaders and the community to join him to fight for better rail services for Nambour.


Ted calls on all political parties, business leaders and the community to back his calls for rail duplication to Nambour.

 


I want to pay tribute today to school principals, who play an instrumental role in ensuring local resilience through this pandemic.

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Tackling the Feral Cat Pandemic - A Plan to Save Australia's Wildlife The Standing Committee on Environment and Energy, Chaired by Ted O'Brien MP, delivered its report into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. Read the Committee's full report here - https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Environment_and_Energy/Feralanddomesticcats/Report


Congratulations to Angelique Hatchett - Sunshine Coast's Young Citizen of the Year.


Ted O'Brien, Federal Member for Fairfax met with the CEO of Queensland Gymnastics, Chris Rushton recently as the MAG & WAG QLD Club Championships were held on the Sunshine Coast. Watch some of the fantastic athleticism of the event here.


Local Construction Business owner talks with Ted O'Brien about the impacts of COVID-19 on his business and how the Federal Government has supported his industry.


New change rooms at the Maroochydore Rugby Union Club were officially opened today, marking a special milestone for sport on the Sunshine Coast. Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP was thrilled to see the new, dedicated changerooms opened. “We’ve seen the number of female players in this traditionally male-dominated sport boom since the Aussie ladies won gold at the 2016 Olympics,” said Mr O’Brien who is the Prime Minister’s representative for the Olympics and Paralympic Games.


The year 2020 is coming to an end. As years go, this one has been an absolute shocker. A global pandemic hit. Lives were lost and livelihoods were shattered. It took a toll on businesses, families, schools and organisations. For those of us who have the privilege to serve, we see the best of it and we see the worst.

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Today I attended a briefing from the Australian Federal Police which was disturbing and confronting.

It was on the issue of online child sexual exploitation.

We all have a role to play to keep our kids safe online and the AFP have resources to help parents address this daunting task - go to ThinkUKnow.org.au or download my handy checklist below.

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The Australia-China relationship is under strain. As we tackle the challenges that lie ahead, it is important we do so from a position of strength. A part of that strength is our unity as a nation—unity that we require on three fronts.

1. Politically, the Liberal-National government and the Labor opposition should be as one when it comes to addressing the China question.

2. Unity between government and business.

3. Unity among the Australian people—in particular, with the Chinese-Australian community.

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