90 Seceond Statement – Western Cape Trade Skills Centre

Life is what you make of it, so I'd encourage students from across Weipa to take full advantage of the new Western Cape Trade Skills Centre and create the opportunities and future that they want. I officially opened the centre last month and was able to meet some of the students there. Liam, Katelyn, Jamiee-Lee…

3 Minute Speech – Tribute to Mr Ronald Keith Ireland, OAM

We all meet people in our life, and particularly so when you're a member of parliament representing all constituents in an electorate, but only a few will stand out and leave a lasting impression that will extend beyond a lifetime. Ronald Keith Ireland OAM was one of those people. On Monday 24 July 2017, a…

90 Second Statement – 50th Anniversary WEIPA

I’d like to congratulate the organisers of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for the town of Weipa in Far North Queensland in July. Weipa is situated at Albatross Bay on the western Cape York Peninsula, between the Mission and Embley Rivers. In 1967, the Queensland Government named the area Weipa North, which was the site of the newly established Comalco mining town.…

90 Second Statement – Centrelink Scam

Older constituents in Leichhardt need to be extra cautious if they receive phone calls from people claiming to be from Centrelink. Thanks to Bob Madden and Kevin Molleneux, who both recently contacted my office to report a phishing scam. Bob says he received a message to contact Centrelink on (02)83787970. When he called the number,…

Private Members Business – Access To Tibet

As the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Tibet, I am passionate about helping the Tibetan community seek the justice and freedom they so rightly deserve. The issue of access highlighted by the motion is one that is ongoing. A visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region by a delegation of Australian parliamentarians would certainly…

Adjournment – Vale Charles Woodward

I rise tonight to reflect on and to honour my very good friend, tourism identity and business leader Charles Woodward. Charlie passed away on 18 May 2017 after a battle with cancer, and I certainly was profoundly saddened when I heard the news. He was such a lively character and had a generous spirit, and…

90 Second Statement – Cairns Hockey Aspire to be Deadly program

Today I want to congratulate Cairns Hockey Association's Aspire to be Deadly program, which has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. It is a wonderful recognition of the positive outcomes this program is achieving for Indigenous young women and girls through sport, mentoring and education. Aspire to be Deadly has…

Appropriations Bills 2017-18

I certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018 and the associated bills. In my view, it has been a very responsible budget and it builds on initiatives that the coalition government has built in the past and which it has certainly been very good at. Just from the perspective…

90 Second Statement – Rotary Centenary

On Saturday night I attended a fantastic event hosted by the Rotary Club of Mossman to celebrate the centenary of the Rotary Foundation. At the event, held on the beautiful High Falls Farm, which is about 14 kilometres out of Mossman, six local people were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the Douglas community as…