SPEECH - MARRIAGE AMENDMENT (DEFINITION AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS) BILL 2017 - 6 DECEMBER 2017

I'm voting for this bill, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, and it is a fact that the electorate of Greenway, which I represent, voted no. I would like to address some of the commentary that's been circulating about seats in Western Sydney that voted no, including Greenway, where the split was 46.4 per cent yes to 53.6 per cent no in the marriage equality survey. Continue reading

SPEECH - SCHOOL PROJECTS IN GREENWAY - 6 DECEMBER 2017

I rise to recognise some wonderful work being done by local students in Greenway.  Continue reading

SPEECH - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - BROADBAND - 5 DECEMBER 2017

Paul Keating nailed it when it comes this Prime Minister. He nailed it in two words: no judgement.  Continue reading

SPEECH - ADDRESS TO BLACKTOWN ARTS CENTRE RENAMING IN HONOUR OF LEO KELLY OAM - 1 DECEMBER 2017

“In any civilised community the arts and associated amenities must occupy a central place. Their enjoyment should not be seen as something remote from everyday life.” So said the Great Man, Gough Whitlam. And so it is that we are here today to honour the life and legacy of another great champion of the arts, Leo Kelly. Continue reading

SPEECH - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - MALCOLM TURNBULL'S DIGITAL DIVIDE - 24 OCTOBER 2017

Mr Speaker, if you were looking for your daily dose of inspiration today, you certainly would not have taken it from the Minister for Communications. Continue reading

SPEECH - FIJI DAY 2017 - 18 OCTOBER 2017

On 10 October 1970, the tiny Pacific nation of Fiji gained independence from Britain and a parliamentary democracy was established. Continue reading

SPEECH - MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - MALCOLM TURNBULL'S FRAUDBAND - 17 OCTOBER 2017

Few things better encapsulate the out-of-touch attitude of this Prime Minister and this government towards ordinary Australians than the issue of broadband and their second-rate copper NBN.  Continue reading

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