SPEECH - WALK TOGETHER MARCH - 31 OCTOBER 2015

Today we stand together united in our commitment to harmony, mutual respect and multiculturalism and in strong opposition to the bigots, the racists, the haters, the extremists.  Continue reading

SPEECH - BLACKTOWN WOMEN'S AND GIRL'S HEALTH CENTRE OPEN DAY - 27 OCTOBER 2015

***CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY*** I begin by acknowledging the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present. I also join everyone here in mourning the recent loss of Aunty Shirley Collins. Continue reading

SPEECH - DEAFBLINDNESS - 19 OCTOBER 2015

I rise to recognise the dignity and resolve of all people living with deafblindness in Australia and to renew our nation's promise of equality and opportunity for all our citizens. Continue reading

SPEECH - RECONCILIATION IN SRI LANKA - 15 OCTOBER 2015

I rise today to reaffirm my heartfelt support for the determined efforts of the international community and the many people of goodwill in Sri Lanka to usher in an era of progress and reconciliation in that country. Since I was elected, in 2010, I have been on the record advocating for the cause of human rights for all Sri Lankans, as well as for the need for strong action to account for the terrible consequences of that nation's decades-long civil war, from all sides of that bloody conflict.   Continue reading

SPEECH - MALCOLM TURNBULL'S NBN FAILURE - MONDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2015

*** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY ***   It is with pleasure I rise to contribute to the debate on the honourable member for Robertson's motion on the NBN. Continue reading

SPEECH - ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - TONY'S TWO YEARS OF DIVISION - 10 SEPTEMBER 2015

On Monday we marked two years since the election of the Abbott government. That night, the Prime Minister declared 'a good government is one that governs for all Australians'. Continue reading

SPEECH - LALOR PARK TRAGEDY - WEDNESDAY, 9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Lalor Park is one of the oldest and most well-established suburbs in the electorate of Greenway. It is a close-knit community. It is comprised of good people. It is a proud community, and one which in recent years has been actively focusing on its renewal for the good of all of its citizens. Continue reading

SPEECH - BROADCASTING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (PRIMARY TELEVISION BROADCASTING SERVICE) BILL 2015 - 9 SEPTEMBER 2015

I am pleased to make a contribution to this debate on the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015. The bill amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to allow commercial and national free-to-air broadcasters to provide their primary television broadcasting services in standard definition or high definition—SD or HD. Currently, the free-to-air broadcasters are required to broadcast their primary services in SD only. Continue reading

SPEECH - THE ACCAN NATIONAL CONFERENCE: DOLLARS AND BYTES – COMMUNICATIONS AFFORDABILITY NOW AND TOMORROW - 1 SEPTEMBER 2015

Introduction I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their Elders past and present. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on some policy approaches and acknowledge the fact that affordability gaps exist, with a particular focus on broadband. Continue reading

SPEECH - BROADBAND IN GREENWAY - THURSDAY, 20 AUGUST 2015

One of the continuous complaints that I receive from local residents in Greenway, and in particular in the suburb of Glenwood, is the lack of reliable broadband services. Continue reading