Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Matters of Public Importance: Workplace Relations

It will be a very great relief for the working people of my electorate of Blaxland, many of whom have suffered from these extreme and unfair workplace laws. I know this because everywhere I go, whether it is to a street stall, a railway station, a shopping centre or at the... read more...


Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2008; Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Repeal Bill 2008: Second Reading

We need to give our freight movers roads of the highest quality; we need to give our truck drivers rest stops to combat driver fatigue; we need to make the presence of heavy vehicles on the roads safer for the sake of truck drivers and, importantly, for all road users. We... read more...


Private Members' Business: Housing Affordability

(1) notes: (a) the pain being felt by Australian families struggling to pay off mortgages due to rising interest rates; (b) the failure of the previous government to heed the warnings of the Reserve Bank; and (c) the need for low cost home ownership and reduced entry... read more...


Infrastructure Australia Bill 2008: Second Reading

Developing a blueprint will be the easy part; the hard part will be implementation. It will require real leadership and real commitment. It will require a real increase in the investment that we place in physical infrastructure: road and rail, port infrastructure, energy,... read more...


Adjournment: Dental Health

‘There is no clearer indicator of socioeconomic status in Australia than the state of people's teeth.' Those are not my words; they are the words of Tony McBride, CEO of the Health Issues Centre. They are words that ring true, particularly in the electorate of Blaxland, and... read more...


Private Members’ Business: Interest Rates

I can hear cries coming from the other side of the chamber, but I am more concerned about the cries of working families in places like Western Sydney and cries from working families in my electorate. Inflation is the great menace that confronts us. It erodes savings and... read more...


Governor-General's Speech: Address-in-Reply

Not old enough to vote in 1941 but old enough to know his country needed him, old enough to be part of the first army to defeat the Japanese at Milne Bay, old enough to be torn open by mortar fire. His name was Jack Clare and he was my grandfather. On the other side of the... read more...