Speeches

There is no doubt that we Australians owe a great debt to our older citizens, our seniors. If it were not for them, our country would not be as safe, secure and prosperous as it is today.

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As a Queenslander, let me be very clear: I will not tolerate hearing—it does not matter whether from the Greens, Labor, GetUp! or a political activist—proposals which undermine our economic competence as a country.

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I welcome him (The Shadow Treasurer) to come to my patch on the Sunshine Coast and tell people that he refuses to support $530 million for the Bruce Highway.

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Freedom is something that each of us enjoy individually but its protection is something that has to be shared.

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This is a brilliant budget for Australia and for Queensland, and an absolute cracker for the Sunshine Coast.

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Where the coalition has committed $6.7 billion to the Bruce Highway, Labor committed $4.1 billion.

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The amendment he (the Leader of the Opposition) is suggesting, is to place severe restrictions on those who work under modern awards, but he wants to free up life for anybody who negotiates with a union for an enterprise agreement.

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This sets the scene for better days ahead for the Australian economy and, therefore, for the everyday Australian citizen.

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The Labor Party has nothing. They promised the NDIS, but they did not fund it. They championed Gonski, but only made false promises.

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This bill includes a range of measures that will enable the Fair Work Ombudsman to crack down more rigorously on unscrupulous employers, who will face significantly enhanced fines for transgressions against vulnerable workers

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This bill aims to put an end to potentially corrupt secret payments that are too often exchanged between employers and unions to scratch each other's backs at great cost to workers.

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On behalf of the Australian Parliament, happy 100th to Coolum State School

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It is the coalition that stands up for small business.

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Australia sees a strong and active US presence in the Indo-Pacific and a robust alliance relationship as key to underwriting continued peace and security in our region.

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The bill seeks to deal with one of the fundamental challenges in free market economies everywhere, which is to ensure that competition flourishes.

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