Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2009-2010; Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2009-2010; Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2009-2010: Second Reading

Kev is in the building game. His family business, Co-Wyn, has been around since 1954. The government's nation-building infrastructure plan means that Kev has a lot of work on at the moment. He employs 13 full-time staff, including two apprentices, at Co-Wyn and he is about... read more...


Kokoda Mateship Trek

The Australians were outnumbered five to one. Their headquarters was about to be overrun. At that moment, Kingsbury grabbed a bren gun and charged into the enemy, mowing down 30 before he was struck and killed by a sniper's bullet. His actions halted the Japanese offensive and... read more...


Dr Jamal Rifi

Dr Rifi migrated to Australia in 1984, learnt English, and completed his studies in medicine. He became a GP, set up his own practice and threw himself into the service of our community. He became a founding member of Australian Muslim Doctors against Violence and the... read more...


Matters of Public Importance: Employment

That is 200,000 Australians, more than all the workers in my electorate; more than all the workers in the electorate of Moncrieff. That is effectively two Olympic stadiums full of people who would have been unemployed if we had adopted the approach of the opposition, which... read more...


Kokoda Trail

  This was our darkest hour, the time of our greatest peril and our greatest generation. The first among them were the men who stood tall in the mountains of the Owen Stanley Range, the men of Kokoda. Success came at an enormous price: 625 were killed, more than 1,600 were... read more...


Australian Business Investment Partnership Bill 2009; Australian Business Investment Partnership (Consequential Amendment) Bill 2009: Second Reading

On 26 January every year most people wake up and think about what it means to be Australian, but for those of us with a political bent 26 January this year meant something different-we woke up, picked up our copy of the Australian and found on the front page the headline... read more...


Housing

(1) welcomes the drop in home repossessions and the increase in housing sales in Western Sydney in the last few months; (2) recognises the importance of the Rudd Government's First Home Owner's Boost and interest rate cuts in improving housing affordability; and (3) condemns... read more...


Victoria Bushfires

I am proud of the organisations, the companies and the schools that did not turn away and of the people who opened their wallets, their purses and their hearts to the people of Victoria, whether it is the Chinese community in Cabramatta, who raised more than $50,000 in one... read more...


Private Members’ Business: Financial Counselling

(1) recognises the heightened importance of financial literacy and financial counselling given the global economic recession and its impact on the Australian economy; (2) supports the actions the Government has taken to improve financial literacy and provide additional... read more...


Blaxland Electorate: Primary Schools

Let us be the government that again invests in public education. Let us be the government that ensures postcodes do not determine opportunity. It is no small request, but I am proud to stand here, almost 12 months later, feeling sure in the knowledge that we are that... read more...