Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

Matter of Public Importance - NBN

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Prime Minister has waited a very, very long time to get his revenge. It is almost six years now since he was brought down by the former Prime Minister in a leadership spill late in the year, almost in the dead of night,... read more...


Speech - Private Members Business: Prostate Cancer Awareness

In my first speech in Parliament I told the story of my grandfather - Athol Neate. He was a garbage man, a soldier and a prisoner of war. He was captured by the Nazis in Crete in 1941 and he spent the next few years as a prisoner of war, until he was released in 1943 as part... read more...


Speech - Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015

I rise to speak on the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015. I am glad to inform the House that the opposition supports this bill. Its clear purpose is to amend the Broadcasting Services Act so that commercial broadcasters... read more...


Speech - National Stroke Week 2015

There is 1 chance in 8 million of winning Lotto. 1 chance in 1 million of being eaten by a crocodile whilst visiting the NT. 1 chance in 660,000 of winning an Olympic medal. 1 chance in 12,500 of getting a hole in one. 1 chance in 3,000 of being struck by lightning in your... read more...


Speech - NBN Motion

This motion is very timely. Because two weeks ago the Government released the 2016 NBN Corporate Plan. And it reveals a massive blowout in the cost of the National Broadband Network - a $26.5 billion blowout. The cost of the Abbott Government’s second rate version of the... read more...


90 Second Statement - The Abbott Government turns two

It is a big day today. Today the Abbott government turns two, and hasn't it been a terrific two years? The deficit is up. Debt is up. Unemployment is up. Taxes are up. The number of flags at press conferences is up. They have cut $50 billion from hospitals. They have... read more...


Speech: Australian Vietnamese Community

Tonight in Parliament House there will be a special event to celebrate 40 years of Vietnamese settlement in Australia. The story of the Australian Vietnamese community is incredible and inspirational. It is a story of danger and desperation, of pirates, hunger, camps and... read more...


90 Second Statement: 40th Anniversary of Vietnamese Settlement in Australia

Tonight in Parliament House there will be a special event to celebrate 40 years of Vietnamese settlement in Australia. The story of Australian Vietnamese Community is incredible and inspirational. It is a story of danger and desperation - of pirates, hunger, camps and death.... read more...


Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015

Piracy is a breach of copyright. It’s the unauthorised copying, distribution, or use of copyright material. And Australians do it more than almost anyone in the world. Game of Thrones is the most pirated television show in history and last year Australian's illegally... read more...


Matter of Public Importance - Employment

About 200 or 230 years ago, there was a bloke called Ned Ludd. He was a bloke who smashed up some mechanical machines in a fit of passion, raging against the machine, and he inspired a movement called the Luddites. No, it is not true that it is the National Party. They were... read more...