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I stand in this chamber today to thank God and to thank the Queensland Police Service, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Rural Fire Service and the countless volunteers and organisations across the Sunshine Coast for everything they did to combat a wall of fire that blazed across the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.

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The public hearings for the Standing Committee on Environment and Energy’s inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia have commenced and I had the pleasure of speaking to Peter Stefanovic from Sky News about the process on 30 August 2019.


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One of the things you learn when you grow up as the youngest of nine kids is that the world is far bigger than just you. That degree of humility is reinforced when you're in this place. I have to say that listening to the series of first speeches over recent weeks has been truly inspiring. The previous speaker talked about the bubble. Well, I have to say I've actually enjoyed the bubble this last week because of these maiden speeches. The diversity of real-life experience on this side of the chamber, of the Liberal Party, the National Party and the LNP, is second to none.

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It was published today in The Australian newspaper that the Melbourne Institute's most recent household survey had the people of Brisbane experiencing the second longest commute in the country. This is the first time Brisbane came in second—behind Sydney, of course, but before Melbourne. It is reflective of the pressure of an increased population not only on Queensland's capital city but also on the south-east corner of Queensland

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I'm delighted to speak on all topics, but it's infrastructure which I'm excited about. This government has the economy right and that's where it starts—AAA credit rating, back in surplus, faster growth than any of the OECD bar the United States. The importance of an economy, as the Prime Minister often reminds us, is it is the enabler, the means by which we can provide vital public services  and also build infrastructure, and a $100 billion infrastructure package is what this government is looking at.

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Everybody knows the Australian economy is going strong. We know that we're back in surplus. We know that we've maintained our AAA credit rating. We know that we have recorded the largest growth in jobs in our history, and we know that we're growing faster than any other OECD country, bar the United States, with our $100 billion infrastructure plan and the largest recapitalisation of our defence forces in our history. But we can't forget the importance of small and medium-sized businesses in driving that growth.

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I asked the Minister for Industrial Relations what impact militant unionism is having on the occupational health and safety of workers in Fairfax. His answer is essential viewing....


It's a wonderful time in the parliamentary cycle, because we are hearing so many wonderful maiden speeches—from across the aisle included. It makes one reflect on one's own maiden speech—and many of the ones we're hearing talk about their individual electorates.

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A bid for Queensland to host the 2032 Olympic Games requires a Team Australia approach - the Commonwealth, SEQ Council of Mayors and the AOC are all now waiting for the Qld Government to show their commitment. I made this point in the Parliament on 24/7/19.


There are times when the full united force of Team Australia needs to come about. One of those times is near, as South East Queensland
seeks to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

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Well, we're back in surplus. We've maintained our AAA credit rating. We are growing faster than any country in the OECD bar, of course, the United States. We have 27 years of continuous economic growth, a $100 billion infrastructure plan, record spending on health and education and the single largest recapitalisation program in the history of the Australian Defence Force. The stats just keep on going, but the question has to be asked: How are we doing this?


Sunshine Coast has yet again been short changed by the State Labor Government to the tune of $230 million for the North Coast Rail Line.


Ted O'Brien and #TeamTed say Thank You Fairfax!


'I'm backing Ted O'Brien. Not just because he's a member of the LNP team, but because he is leading the charge to ensure all Queenslanders get the investment in the infrastructure and essential services they rely on - particularly on the Sunshine Coast.' - Scott Morrison, Prime Minister