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"The minister, when he introduced this bill, headlined the childcare measures because the potential positive impact of these measures is truly enormous. They support almost one million Australian families balance their work and parenting responsibilities. That means they are encouraging 230,000 families to take an even greater role in the workforce."

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"The Prime Minister is absolutely right when he says that if Australia is to have a reliable, affordable source of energy for households, for businesses, for hospitals and for schools—to sustain our way of life then we have to be agnostic about how it is generated."

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"As a medium-sized, open, free-market liberal democracy, operating in a highly integrated and volatile world, we must restore our competitive edge, because on that will depend our success."

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"In my patch alone on the Sunshine Coast we will see construction beginning this year on a $929 million spend on the Bruce Highway from north of the Caloundra Road turnoff to the Sunshine Motorway. Go up another seven kilometres and $187 million is being brought forward to be spent on the Maroochydore interchange. That is already over $1 billion."

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"Labor's funding gap for the NDIS in 2019-20, when it becomes fully operational as a program, is $4.1 billion, growing to $6 billion a year soon after. It was, and it is, a ridiculous and totally irresponsible black hole. The staggering $32 billion that the scheme is expected to cost within a decade of becoming fully operational was never on the Labor radar, but it is on our radar, and that is what the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account is indeed all about."

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"On behalf of this parliament and on behalf of the Sunshine Coast community, to you who serve, to you who protect, for you who have protected us from the recent Coolum-Peregian Springs fires, I offer my very sincere and heartfelt thankyou."

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"If there is a difference between Labor's system and the coalition's system, it is that the coalition has digitised the otherwise archaic manual system that the Labor Party was using."

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"No American presidential election has ever attracted the attention of Australians like that of Donald Trump."

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"Recognising the link between corporate tax rates, investments and jobs is not rocket science. Lower tax rates mean more revenue is retained by businesses, which means more for investment in those businesses and therefore more jobs. More vigorous, more profitable businesses with more jobs means a growing national economy, which means more prosperity to be shared by all. It is a simple, well-tested equation in capitalist systems."

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"It was Robert Menzies who said: We took the name ‘Liberal’ because we were determined to be a progressive party, willing to make experiments, in no sense reactionary but believing in the individual, his rights and his enterprise. Free enterprise has been at the heart of the Liberal tradition since the party's inception. Even today, half a century after Menzies first spoke those words, free enterprise remains the answer to many of the social and economic challenges our nation faces."

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"On this side of the House, the vast majority of people have started businesses and we have run businesses—it is in our DNA. We know the importance of ensuring (1) access to capital and (2) good, solid cash flow. One of the things this coalition government is driving towards is a greater ability for small businesses to raise capital."

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"I think there is no secret that the world is currently amidst an enormous amount of volatility and uncertainty. At times like this, we need to ensure that the architecture across the international environment is one that reconciles with Australia's values and indeed with the existing open trade arrangement that has persisted post-World War II."

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"I'm proud to sit on the side of the chamber that knows how to run an economy and run a country."

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"As a relatively new MP in this place, can I stress how important it is for us to be listening to our constituents, and how much I learn the more that I listen, and the more that I listen and learn, the better I will be at representing the people of Fairfax."

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"The National Stronger Regions Fund has been a roaring success. And can I say how happy I am that within the seat of Fairfax, the Nambour Heritage Tramway project was a recipient in round 3."

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