Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Articles

R18+ laws passed

The first computer game I played was Donkey Kong thirty years ago. A lot has changed since then. For a start, the games are better and more exciting. This week another big change happened – legislation to introduce an R18+ category for computer games passed the Australian... read more...


Hammering out plans to nail crime kingpins

The Daily Telegraph, 04 June 2012 Two weeks ago four men were convicted of the biggest attempt to import ecstasy anywhere in the world – 15 million tablets hidden in cans of tomatoes. Australian Federal Police intercepted more than 185,000 phone calls and text messages. They... read more...


Clever strategy the key to beating gun runners

The Daily Telegraph 17/04/12 I know how serious crime is in western Sydney. I live here. I was born and raised in Cabramatta. I saw what it did to my hometown. I still remember being offered heroin every night I got off the train after uni. I also know how serious drive by... read more...


Constant upgrades to equipment make life safer for our Diggers

What is a soldier issued with when they go to Afghanistan? Before I started this job a year ago I had no idea. I've since learned its 105 different items, worth about $9,650. Everything from boots to body armour. Soldiers push a shopping trolley through the Defence kitting... read more...


More force to Defence

Adelaide Advertiser, 21/05/2011 While we were all celebrating Christmas two years ago a young Australian Private was shot through both legs in a fire fight in Afghanistan. His mates dragged him 600 metres through an irrigation ditch to a waiting Bushmaster vehicle. The... read more...


A Day Worth Remembering

The Punch, 26/01/2011 What do you think happened on Australia Day?  If you said it’s the day the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour you would be right. But a few other things happened on this day as well.  In 1808 the Rum Rebellion occurred. In 1950 India... read more...


Who is the real action hero?

Sunday Telegraph, 25/07/2010 Most boys dream of being a superhero when they grow up.   I think Tony Abbott still does.  He calls himself 'Real Action' Man.  He's got the slogan.  He's even got the budgie smuggler super hero costume. But who is the real action hero? Julia... read more...


Bend it like Bankstown

Sunday Telegraph, 20/06/2010  If you're in Western Sydney and you hear someone yell 'SHOOT', you're probably at a soccer game. Western Sydney often gets a bad rap, but the World Cup shows just what an incredible place it is. Nine players – or more than a third of the... read more...


All aboard the Tony Abbott time machine

Sunday Telegraph, 23/05/2010 Politics has a funny way of repeating itself. Twenty-five years ago a Labor Government introduced a super profits tax on the oil and gas industry and the Liberal Party voted against it. Sound familiar? At the time the Liberal Party said it... read more...


Not all heroes wear their undies on the outside.

  Sunday Telegraph, 25/04/2010 Bruce Kingsbury was a real estate agent from Melbourne. Keith Botterill was a textile worker from Sydney. They never knew each other but they shared a common bond. They were two ordinary blokes who did extraordinary things. Bruce joined the... read more...