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

SPEECH - FAMILY VIOLENCE

I thank the member for Dunkley for bringing this important issue to the attention of the House. When it comes to family violence, I think we can all agree that it is incumbent on all of us to take a leadership role in this parliament. It is a sad face that by the end of this week at least one woman in Australia will have been killed by her partner or former partner. A great nation such as ours cannot passively tolerate such sickening statistics. Unless we take decisive action, this tragedy will be repeated tomorrow, the day after and all the days to follow. Continue reading

SPEECH - 2015 NATIONAL ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL BROADCASTERS’ COUNCIL CONFERENCE - SATURDAY, 28 NOVEMBER 2015

I am delighted to join you in celebrating and honouring 30 years of the NEMBC and, more broadly, the 40th anniversary of ethnic community broadcasting in Australia. Continue reading

SPEECH - AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT (ALLEGIANCE TO AUSTRALIA) BILL - MONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2015

We are Australian either by birth or by choice and most people would agree that citizenship is a defining feature of someone's identity. For many people, it is who they are and for others, including dual citizens, it is often just one part of a broader cultural make-up. For some, it is less about identity and more about the legal and constitutional guarantees and the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of a free and democratic nation. It obviously means different things to different people but the common thread is that it means something. It is intrinsic and it is important. Continue reading