Speeches

"The benefits from the passage of this bill will be shared—it is good for both countries. India gets from Australia a reliable, secure source of uranium to help it meet its targets for a massive increase in the availability of energy for domestic and industrial wealth-generating use, and Australia gets a very significant economic and jobs boost."

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"The Sunshine Coast is back with effective representation across the Sunshine Coast. I'm proud to stand with colleagues, Andrew Wallace (Fisher) and Llew O'Brien (Wide Bay) in delivering for our region."

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"If there is an inequality right now for which we should all hold responsibility for fixing, it is generational inequality. Generational inequality comes about if we do not take action to arrest the debt. That is precisely, unfortunately, what the Labor Party would have us not do—they do not want to arrest the debt."

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"Small Businesses are the heart of the Sunshine Coast economy and I love to brag on them whenever I can."

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"If we truly believe in compassion then we need to control our borders, because the stronger they are controlled, the more we can give."

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"We need evidence-gathering powers to be retained; we need to introduce an effective building code; and we need to take away the opportunity for big employers and big unions to collude locking out smaller players and discriminating against subcontractors. We need the ABCC reinstated."

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"I stand today to pay tribute to a brave little girl from Nambour, seven-year-old Olivia Valli."

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"There is an old rule, and it applies to business as much as it applies to countries or regions: when you want to grow your economy, the No. 1 thing you need to do is protect and leverage your core."

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"The context for the measures in the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 is change—change driven by the information revolution; changein communications technology; change that is having a dramatic impact on the competitiveness of traditional media platforms."

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"It was terrific to recognise the work of the Morecombe Foundation and to reflect on the legacy of Daniel's story."

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"If a young person cannot find a job then there is no reason why society cannot give them the tools and the discipline to create their own. Starting your own business is not for everyone, but there are thousands of young Australians across the country who have the capacity to do so."

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"Restoring integrity in the system has fallen to the coalition government, and it has done so. Only by fixing Labor's mess and stopping the boats can confidence and trust in the system be rebuilt, for the greater our control over our sovereign borders the greater our capacity as a nation to extend compassion to those in the world who are indeed the most needy."

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"If the opposition continues to take this stance, then they will be denying the Australian people the right to vote. Instead, they will back themselves and politicians ahead of the people and the Australian public."

 

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"The upgrade of the Sunshine Coast Airport—an upgrade to make it a fully-fledged international airport - is a project that will help unleash the economic capacity of the region."

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"While there is still a long way to go, it's great to acknowledge the progress we've made and the money being spent on the Bruce Highway in the coming years."

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