Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

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...


Marriage Amendment Bill 2017

The last time we debated this issue here, I was about to get married. I said then that if Louise and I had met in a different time at a different place we might never have been able to do that. We might never have been able to get married. That’s because my wife, Louise is... read more...


Indonesia Australia Business Council Conference (Surabaya, Indonesia)

INDONESIA AUSTRALIA BUSINESS COUNCIL CONFERENCE  SURABAYA, INDONESIA   MONDAY, 6 NOVEMBER 2017 ***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY***   Thank you for the invitation to be part of this Conference. I want to thank the Indonesia Australia Business Council for the work you do –... read more...


Trade in an Asian Century and the Age of Trump - Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Sydney, Monday, 30 October 2017

“TRADE IN AN ASIAN CENTURY AND THE AGE OF TRUMP” Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sydney Monday, 30 October 2017   ***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** A couple of months before I was born a Labor Leader travelled to the Middle Kingdom. The audacity of Whitlam's trip... read more...


Malcolm Turnbull's Birthday

Today's an important day.   Today it's the Prime Minister’s birthday.   He turns 63 – and doesn't he looking sprightly?   Like a good truffle, just getting more expensive with age.   It doesn’t matter how old you are – everybody likes a present for their birthday.... read more...


NDIS lets down 13 year old local, Michael

A couple of months ago I spoke in this place about a constituent of mine, Michael Luciano. Michael’s 13 and he has severe global delay, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. And like a lot of people it seems, his mum and his dad have been put through the ringer by the NDIS. A year... read more...


Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement Update

  CANBERRA TUESDAY, 17 OCTOBER 2017 ***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** These bills are the legislative changes required as part of the recent update to the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The Customs Amendment Bill 2017 (Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement... read more...