Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia 

Speeches

A Digital Banana Republic? Global Competitiveness in the Digital Age

THE MCKELL INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SYDNEY 23 OCTOBER 2015   A Digital Banana Republic? Global Competitiveness in the Digital Age   In 1980 Lee Kuan Yew said we would become the “poor white trash” of Asia if we didn’t reform - if we didn’t open up our... read more...


Matter of Public Importance - NBN

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (15:15): In his first press conference as Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull said that he wanted to take the same approach to governing Australia as he did to the NBN. That statement alone should fill the people of Australia with dread. There is a myth in... read more...


CommsDay Melbourne Congress - “The MTM—Malcolm Turnbull’s Mess"

  Thanks Petroc.  And thanks Grahame and the team at CommsDay for inviting me to speak today. It’s great to be back at another CommsDay Conference.  This is the sixth I have spoken at in the last two years.  The first was an NBN Rebooted Conference in late 2013 – just... read more...


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...