Closing the Gap report

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Closing the gap: Prime Minister’s report 2015. This is an important report. It was instituted by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd back in 2008. I thought it was a very good idea to institute such a report where the Prime Minister of the day each…

Labor’s record of disaster

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Don’t you just love taking lectures on leadership from the man who assassinated not just one prime minister but two prime ministers? Regardless of where Bill Shorten goes from here, he will now go down in the history books of Australia as being the man who has assassinated, knocked off, more prime…

Small Business Association of Australia

Darwin, 21 November: Thank you for the opportunity to address your conference, representing the Prime Minister. Can I thank Anne Nalder and the Small Business Association of Australia for your work and advocacy on behalf of the two million small businesses nationally – The two million who generate five million jobs and who are the…

Speech at opening of Knox Honour Roll Memorial

Tim Neville Arboretum, Ferntree Gully 1st November 2014 Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery and Mrs Marlena Jeffery. Members of Parliament, other dignitaries, families, relatives, and loved ones of those who are lost, veterans. Fellow Knox residents. In April 2012, a Mrs Alison Jones and Meryl Jones came to see me in my office. I…

Australian Education Amendment Bill

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to speak on the Australian Education Amendment Bill, following the member for Hasluck. It is always a pleasure to follow the member for Hasluck, who is particularly learned and wise on education matters concerning Indigenous children. This bill does a number of things, and I would like to speak briefly…

University deregulation

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Whatever happened to the Labor Party of Hawke and Keating? That is what I want to know, because the member for Gellibrand talks about what happened 30 years ago. I can tell you what happened 30 years ago: Australia elected the Hawke-Keating government. On this side of the House, we proudly say…

Forrest, Indigenous Employment and Closing the Gap

Speech at the Sydney Institute ‘Forrest, Indigenous Employment and Closing the Gap’ Sydney 5 August 2014 ***Check against delivery*** Last Friday, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest delivered to the Government one of the most ambitious reports in a generation. It outlines a blueprint with the goal of ending the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.  It is…

We will fix Labor’s budget mess

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: The first point that I make is in relation to the co-payment which the member for Lingiari was so passionately talking about. The member for Lingiari actually voted for a co-payment when he was a member of parliament and the Hawke government first introduced it. Mr Robert:  He voted for it. Mr…

Ease traffic congestion in Knox

PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: Traffic congestion in Melbourne, and in my electorate particularly, is getting worse every year. We all know the situation of being stuck in traffic, looking at the cars in front of us and feeling as if we are not moving anywhere. This clearly has a social impact on families, because it means…