SPEECH - Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017

If we're going to talk about grubby political self-interest, we could be here all day talking about the grubby deals of those opposite.  Continue reading

SPEECH - ADDRESS TO CHANNEL 31 MELBOURNE AND GEELONG COMMUNITY TV FORUM - 12 OCTOBER 2017

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders, past and present. It’s really great to be here in Melbourne this fine evening. Many thanks to Channel 31 for hosting me at this Community TV Forum, for the advice of your General Manager, Matt Field, in conceiving it, for the hard work of the staff Channel 31 and their dedicated team of young volunteers in setting everything up, as well as for the kind words of your Chair, Mike Zafiropoulos, just now. Continue reading

SPEECH - ADDRESS TO COMMSDAY MELBOURNE CONGRESS 2017 - 11 OCTOBER 2017

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present. Good morning, it is great to be here. And thank you to Graeme Lynch and his team for the invitation. The last time I spoke at this conference, it was put to me that the Government would have to write-down the NBN or the market – namely commercial developments in 5G – would do it for them. So today is a good opportunity to examine spectrum developments more broadly. Continue reading

SPEECH - ADDRESS TO ACCAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017 - 20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Good afternoon everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay my respects to their elders past and present. It’s a pleasure to be speaking at the conference here today. Continue reading

SPEECH - HANDS OFF OUR ABC – THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE PETITION - 6 SEPTEMBER 2017

I rise to speak for the over 15,000 Australians who have signed a petition urging crossbench senators to reject the moves to undermine the ABC and SBS as part of negotiations with the Turnbull government on its flawed cross-media ownership changes which are now before the Senate.  Continue reading

SPEECH - COMMUTER CAR PARKING IN GREENWAY - 17 AUGUST 2017

I rise today to raise a very important quality-of-life issue for local residents in my electorate—namely, accessibility to public transport and, specifically, commuter parking at local train stations. This is one of the single biggest issues raised with me as the local member. I constantly hear accounts of residents who are affected by the chronic lack of parking in our area, particularly at Schofields and Quakers Hill train stations. Continue reading

SPEECH - WITHDRAWAL OF THE SBS ADVERTISING FLEXIBILITY BILL 2017 - 10 AUGUST 2017

I rise to note yet another display of incompetence in the Communications portfolio from this government, with the removal of this SBS Advertising Bill that sought only to weaken the SBS. Continue reading

SPEECH - AUDIO DESCRIPTION - 10 AUGUST 2017

I rise to speak about audio description for blind and low-vision Australians and call on the Turnbull government to stop dragging its feet when it comes to increasing the availability of audio description services on free-to-air television. Continue reading

SPEECH - KEYNOTE ADDRESS - SOCIETY OF MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION ENGINEERS - 18 JULY 2017

SMPTE2017 CONFERENCE, SYDNEY  It is great to be here, with the people who make things work behind the scenes in media and communications, whether to a digital TV, to a smart device, or in a theatre.  Continue reading

SPEECH - COMMUNITY TELEVISION - 22 JUNE 2017

I rise to speak on community television in Australia and to call on government to continue its support for the transition of community television broadcasters to go 'over the top' to an internet distribution method. Continue reading