Speeches

In order for us to deal with multinationals that decide they wish to avoid their tax obligation, we need to take action.

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In this country—a proud liberal democracy—we have no more important a foundation principle than freedom. Our forebears fought for it, they died for it, and it is our job now to protect it.

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The experts agree: Queensland's Sunshine Coast is on a roll. With proper management and strong representation, it has one of the brightest futures of any region in the country.

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The coalition government is going into bat for the very people the Labor Party and the unions pretend they want to represent.

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We need to ensure that we have energy security in this country. That means that we need secure, reliable and affordable energy.

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The appointment of the National Rural Health Commissioner is an essential element to ensure the future way of life in outback Australia and in rural and regional communities continues.

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"Violence in the home—no matter who the perpetrator is or who the victim is—is never acceptable. Domestic violence is against our values and our honour as a nation and it flies in the face of our way of life."

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"I am delighted to talk on this topic today because there are three big winners with the coalition's childcare package —families, women and children. As one of my colleagues mentioned, this would impact on almost one million families across the country in allowing them to better balance their responsibilities that come with parenthood and work."

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"The economy is not an end unto itself. It is in fact the means by which you can enable local communities to take control of their own destiny. It is the means by which vital infrastructure and services are provided to Australian citizens. And it is that understanding of the power of economic development that underpins the National Stronger Regions Fund."

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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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