Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Adjournment: A tale of two cities.

Adjournment: A tale of two cities. House of Representatives ***Check against delivery*** As a kid at Canley Vale High School, one of the books we had to read was the Charles Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities. As a member of parliament representing the community where I... read more...


Bankstown Hospital and Stacey Street in the 2018 NSW State Budget

Thank you Mr Deputy Speaker. For the last 12 months I have been waging a campaign to upgrade the Emergency Department at Bankstown Hospital. Bankstown Hospital is bursting at the seams. But a particular part of the hospital that needs help urgently is the Emergency... read more...


Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility  Consideration in Detail - Federation Chamber ***Check against delivery*** The minister just mentioned the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, and I want to ask him a question about it. The NAIF was announced by the... read more...


Speech to Australia China Business Council

SPEECH TO AUSTRALIA CHINA BUSINESS COUNCIL  PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA TUESDAY, 19 JUNE 2018 *** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***   Bob Hawke’s most savage criticism of his predecessor Gough Whitlam was that what he knew “about economics you could write on the back of a postage... read more...


Speech on establishing a National Redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

House of Representatives - Parliament of Australia ** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY**   We tell our kids that monsters don’t exist, but that’s a lie.     They do exist.  We have always known it.  We have just chosen to ignore it or pretended that they’re not there.     Hiding... read more...


House of Representative - Motion on Regional Queensland Jobs

Well I’ve got to hand it to the Member for Dawson. He must have a hide like a Rhinoceros to come in here and move a motion like that after the Budget that his side handed down two weeks ago. He talks about the abandonment of workers in Central and North Queensland. Well... read more...


Why are you attacking my family? Can anyone win a trade war? And what should Australia do next?

 WHY ARE YOU ATTACKING MY FAMILY? CAN ANYONE WIN A TRADE WAR? AND WHAT SHOULD AUSTRALIA DO NEXT? Keynote AddressBusiness Breakfast hosted by Perth USAsia Centre, WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Institute of International Affairs  FRIDAY, 6 APRIL 2018... read more...


MPI - Thursday, 01 March 2018

** HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ** -Check Against Delivery- There are 30,000 people currently looking for work, currently looking for a job, in North Queensland—all the way from Rocky to the tip of Cape York—and that doesn't get enough attention in this place. So I'm glad that... read more...


NDIS cuts to Kids - Thursday, 01 March 2018

** FEDERATION CHAMBER ** -Check Against Delivery- Two weeks ago I spoke about a little girl in my electorate named Georgia who has autism, epilepsy and profound global development delay. Georgia can’t dress herself or brush her teeth or comb her hair. She can’t shower on... read more...


Launch of the Australia China Daigou Association

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***   Gùng héi faat chōi. Xīnnián kuàilè. Happy New Year everyone! This year is the Year of the Dog.   I was born in the Year of the Rat.  In 1972.  That was a good year for China and Australia. It was the year Prime Minister Gough Whitlam... read more...