Speeches

Vale Paul Neville

I was sad to hear of the passing of former Nationals MP Paul Neville at the start of this year. Mr Neville was one of the greats—a true gentleman with a wicked sense of humour.

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Statements - Discrimination

I rise to speak about the amendments the government has proposed in this chamber to the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, because in all of the political huffing and puffing on this issue I still think there are very few people who actually understand them.

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Matters of Urgency - Climate Change

We have an urgency motion today with the usual hyperbole we expect day in, day out from the Australian Greens. Instead of using emotion, let's look at a couple of facts. 

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On faith-based schools: freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination

When I think about some of the most important principles that motivate me to contribute in this place, I think of freedom, strong institutions and fairness for all. Then I look at this bill, and it’s devastating.

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Matters of Public Importance - Energy

Australian families and small businesses will benefit from the government's plan for affordable and reliable energy, while they would suffer enormously under the plans that are put forward by Labor, which can be described as nothing more than a throwback to the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years and all of the disasters that that entailed.

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Adjournment - PBS

One of the achievements of this coalition government which is of benefit to the majority but of inestimable value to the few is the enhancement of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the addition of more life-saving medicines.

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Adjournment - Pakistan Human Rights

There is a lot of intolerance in the world, but nothing, really, could be more intolerant than punishing somebody simply for their beliefs.

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Second Reading - Electoral Funding

There are not that many times that we have the opportunity to rethink the principles that motivate us in this place to do all that we can to engage the Australian people in the democratic process.

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Second Reading - ABC Directors

It is useful at the outset of this debate to say something about the existing appointment process for people to be added to the ABC's board.

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Matters of Public Importance - Manufacturing

I think it's really interesting that this matter of public importance starts with, 'Putting local workers first'. It's interesting because it's obvious.

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