Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

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...


Treasury Laws Amendment (Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive) Bill 2017

Minerals exploration is important.  We live in a world where it’s easy to forget that so much of what we use and so much of what  we depend upon is made from things that have to be found and dug up. The best example that I can think of that is this – the mobile phone, the... read more...


Georgia and the NDIS

Tonight I want to talk about a beautiful little girl who lives in my electorate named Georgia. Georgia is 9 and she has multiple disabilities.  She has autism, epilepsy and profound global development delay. Georgia can’t dress herself, or brush her teeth or comb her hair.... read more...


Annual Investment Statement to the Parliament

ANNUAL INVESTMENT STATEMENT TO THE PARLIAMENT   FEDERATION CHAMBER, CANBERRA   WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER 2017   ***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***   I thank the Minister for his Statement to the House. Foreign Investment is very important to Australia. In many ways our... read more...