"If Labor were to win government, all Australians would have to pay more. Why under a potential Labor government should people in my electorate— indeed, why should all Australians—have to be forced to pay more?"
"We all know there is no greater responsibility for government than the protection of its people—the safety and security of Australians. As this motion notes, we need to ensure that not only are we protecting Australians but we also have an industry that is sustainably doing so over the longer term."
We have a scoreboard that proves that we're delivering on (jobs). National unemployment is 5.5 per cent. On the Sunshine Coast, where I live, it's 4.8 per cent. It's 4.9 per cent in the seat of Fairfax. The only way we can ensure our younger generations have an opportunity with work is to continue on that path of economic reform.
"(The Greens' accusations) are a vile insult, not only to a courageous and respected leader but to all men and women who have served with him, those we send in our name to endure the stress and brutality of war."
"This bill before the House today aims to stop the Labor Party from ever being able to run a (Mediscare) campaign again. It extends the illegality of impersonating a Commonwealth officer to also include impersonating a Commonwealth agency such as Medicare."
'...Any senior official who undermines the interests of the nation that they represent is not worthy of office, and the Leader of the Opposition should have the courage to remove the senator from this parliament...'
'...I rise to support the amendment put by the member for Deakin. To me, it addresses a deficiency in the bill where there's an embedded assumption that religious beliefs are more important than conscientious beliefs. There's an assumption in the bill that says religion is more important than conscience...'