Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Speeches

Address to the 2021 Big Australian Housing Build Virtual Conference

ADDRESS TO THE 2021 BIG AUSTRALIAN HOUSING BUILD VIRTUAL CONFERENCE   WEDNESDAY, 28 APRIL 2021   *** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***  It took a virus last year to show us that, if we really want to, we can do something about homelessness.   In a flash, tens of thousands of... read more...


Bert Collins turns 105

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (16:30): Bert Collins was born in 1916, the year after the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli; the year that they arrived on the killing fields of the Western Front; and the same year that the Labor Party tore itself apart over conscription back here at home. That... read more...


Address to Master Builders Australia Leader's Summit

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***   This is going to be a big year. The Prime Minister has already said there won’t be an election this year, which means there probably will be. The contest of ideas is about to quicken and housing is going to be a big part of that contest.... read more...


Repairing social housing

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (16:40): Imagine for a minute a single mum, aged 39, raising four kids on her own, all living together in a small house, and there's something else living in the house as well—mould. It sounds like a simple problem; a bit of Exit Mould will fix it. But it... read more...


Bushfire affected communities

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (16:26): I thank the Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government for his update to the chamber. I want to ask him some questions about local government and, in particular, how it interacts with some of the bushfire affected... read more...


Construction jobs

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (12:10): I want to ask the minister about construction jobs. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has reported that in the first six months since the pandemic hit the number of carpenters employed across Australia has dropped by more than 12,000. The same... read more...


National Disability Insurance Scheme - Frank and Jacob's Story

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (10:06): Today I want to talk about Frank and Jacob. Frank is Jacob's dad. He's the father of three boys, and Jacob is the youngest. He's 10 years old and he has Angelman syndrome. Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder. It's caused by the partial deletion... read more...


Recession

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (10:08): I'll never forget the day that my dad came home and told us that he'd lost his job. I remember the fear in his face. I remember the reaction from my mum. I remember the conversations in the kitchen about how we were going to pay the mortgage and... read more...


National Integrity Commission

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (15:53): Anybody who thinks corruption doesn't exist here, who thinks that corruption doesn't exist at a federal level is just naive. Of course it exists. We need the right sort of body with the right sort of powers to find it and weed it out. A government... read more...


Sandakan Death March

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (19:30): Things are tough at the moment. This may just be the toughest year that many of us live through. But I caught up with two old mates recently to help put things in perspective. Reg, who's 97, and Bert, who's an amazing 104, are part of that group of... read more...