SPEECH - SMALL BUSINESS: A LABOR IMPERATIVE - 28 APRIL 2016

I acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of this land. Thank you to the McKell Institute for inviting me to speak.  McKell’s work has a real impact on public policy in Australia.  Sam and his team make a positive contribution with each piece of research they produce and every discussion they host. Continue reading

SPEECH - HARMONY DAY - SYDWEST MULTICULTURAL SERVICES - 22 MARCH 2016

I am honoured to be here celebrating Harmony Day with you all. We gather in this historic place, on the very spot where Gough Whitlam proclaimed, “It’s Time”.  But for so many local residents, this place is even more historic for the fact that their new life began here, in a ceremony which conferred on them one of the world’s biggest prizes:  Australian citizenship.   Continue reading

SPEECH - CONSIDERATION IN DETAIL - 3 MARCH 2016

What we heard from the minister at the table, the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government and Assistant Cabinet Secretary, was more of the spin and hypocrisy that has characterised this government's attitude from the get-go.  Continue reading

SPEECH - APPROPRIATION BILL - 1 MARCH 2016

In rising to speak on Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-2016 and Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-2016 I want to touch on three areas—the area of citizenship and multiculturalism, the area of health and the area of organ donation—and how they impact, specifically, on my electorate of Greenway. Continue reading

SPEECH - TROPICAL CYCLONE WINSTON - 29 FEBRUARY 2016

My Fijian heritage is something I am very proud of. My mother was born in Fiji. One of my brothers and my sister was born there. My father lived there for many years and I still have many relatives there. I was there in 2014—along with the member for Kingsford Smith, who is here in the chamber tonight also—as part of the international observer delegation when democracy was brought back to Fiji. I took my husband and my daughter there for the first time last year.   Continue reading

SPEECH - NATIONAL BROADBAND NETWORK - 29 FEBRUARY 2016

I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Access Regime and NBN Companies) Bill 2015.  Continue reading

SPEECH - LAUNCH OF POLIVERSITY - FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

  *** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***   I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present. Continue reading

SPEECH - ROAD SAFETY REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL REACHES 670 DAYS - 11 FEBRUARY 2016

It has now been 670 days since the Abbott-Turnbull government was handed its review of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and we have still not seen the findings. Meanwhile a further review was undertaken and delivered to the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash. Combined, the government has wasted over $185,000 of taxpayers' money, and we have not even seen the findings of either report. This government has a track record of not being transparent or accountable to the Australian people.   Continue reading

SPEECH - STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS – LEAKED MIGRATION DOCUMENT - MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2016

Last Thursday, a draft document prepared for the Turnbull Government's National Security Committee was leaked to ABC's Lateline program. This latest leaked document verges on bigotry and racism, extraordinarily singling out a specific ethnic group, namely the Lebanese Muslim community, as a migration concern. Continue reading