Australian Coat of Arms

Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

 

Speeches

Eulogy: David (Dick) Clifford Payten OAM

David (Dick) Clifford Payten OAM 30.03.1921 - 1.03.2020 Eulogy delivered at Hope Point Church, Georges Hall   Half an hour can change your life. My favourite story about Dick is how he met Mary. A mate of his set them up. They were supposed to meet under the clock at... read more...


Mr Dick Payten OAM

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (10:36): A few years ago I was asked to represent the Australian government and the Australian people at the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kokoda. I took that trip, along with Scott Morrison, representing the then opposition. We flew out from here in... read more...


Small Business - Bushfires

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (13:51): A couple of weeks ago I told the story in here of Paul Parker, the firefighter from Nelligen who gave the Prime Minister a mouthful, and I mentioned that the pub he drinks at had received phone calls from people all across Australia wanting to put... read more...


The Pub Test

In politics we talk a lot about the pub test.   What does the average bloke or woman in the pub think about what we do here?   If you’re fair dinkum you usually pass.   If you’re full of it you’ll fail. Now here’s a pub test for you.  There’s a pub in Nelligen, about... read more...


Coalition Government

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (13:53): There's a lot wrong with this government, but here are my top 10. No. 10: they reckon they're great economic managers. Yeah, right! Last year economic growth was less here than it was in Greece. No. 9: wages are flat as a tack. It's easier to get... read more...


Australian Bushfires

Mr CLARE (Blaxland) (17:23): Words can’t really explain what’s happened over the last few months. Not like the images of the blood red sky over Mallacoota do. Or the photos of kids wearing smoke masks to help them breathe. Or people huddled on beaches with dogs and cats and... read more...


Keynote Speech - Powerhousing Australia Awards Dinner

KEYNOTE SPEECH POWERHOUSING AUSTRALIA AWARDS DINNER NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA  TUESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2019   *** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***     My dad’s got a cigarette tin. It’s a bit of a family heirloom. Inside is a bit of metal.  In a few weeks’ time it will be 77... read more...


Melanoma

Thank you Mr. Speaker. Cancer is a terrifying word. We use it all the time in this place. We often use it to describe terrible things or sometimes terrible people. But what's really terrifying is when a doctor says it and a couple of months ago a doctor said it to me. It was... read more...


Bert Collins

Thank you Deputy Speaker. I'd like to tell the House about my mate Bert Collins. Bert is the sort of bloke who deserves to have his name and his story etched into the record of this place. Bert was born almost a hundred and four years ago and he's still with us. He's still... read more...


National Rental Affordability Scheme Amendment Bill 2019

Mr Speaker Labor supports this bill.  The National Rental Affordability Scheme was set up by Labor in 2008. Investors are provided with 10 year contracts through both state and federal funding and rent is provided at 20 per cent below market rate.  When the Abbott... read more...