2017 Speeches

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

I rise to speak on the Marriage Amendment (Definition andReligious Freedoms) Bill 2017. There are two indisputable facts that havearisen in the public debate on same-sex marriage: (1) Australians have votedoverwhelmingly to change the definition of marriage to include same-sexcouples; and (2) Australians want to ensure that religious freedoms aresa... read more »

Constituency Statement: McPherson update

One of the ways the Turnbull government supports local communities and community based organisations is through the Stronger Communities Fund. Over the last few weeks I've had the pleasure of contacting a number of organisations in my electorate of McPherson to let them know that they have been successful in their application for funding under that... read more »


I’m delighted to host this national celebration of the exceptional achievements of those in our vocational education and training system.Now in its 24th year, the Australian Training Awards recognise excellence, accomplishment and success in VET. Of course, as you all know, success doesn’t just happen on its own. As I recently heard one v... read more »

Constituency Statement: Gold Coast Disabled Surfers Association

I have spoken often in this chamber about the wonderful natural attractions in my electorate of McPherson on the southern Gold Coast, with not the least of those including our world-famous beaches. With the weather now warming up as we move into spring, the big crowds are returning to spend a day at the beach. Today, I would like to acknowledge the... read more »

Speech to the Australian Steel Convention

Good morning, it’s a pleasure to be with you all today.Call me biased, but can I commend you on your excellent choice of the Gold Coast as the location for this year’s Convention – which is also my home town.Once the hard work is done, I hope you will have a chance to visit our wonderful local attractions, including our world-renowned beaches. ... read more »

Speech to the VELG Conference

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to address this conference.The VELG conference is always a highlight on the vocational education calendar, attracting people from all over the sector. You are the people at the forefront of vocational education and training in this country, who recognise its intrinsic value and critical importance... read more »

Matter of Public Importance - 12 September 2017

It is an absolute delight for me to be able to speak on the MPI today. I absolutely support the reforms that the Turnbull government is making to higher education.From a local point of view, the electorate that I represent on the Gold Coast has two universities in it, and in fact there are three universities on the Gold Coast: Griffith University, ... read more »

Speech to TDA Conference

Thank you, Mary for your kind introduction and thank you for the opportunity to be with you today.It’s always important to come and hear about the issues affecting our public training providers. Looking around the room I can see representatives from government, industry and the skills training sector from Australia and across the world. T... read more »

Launch of Adult Learners Week 2017

Good afternoon, and thank you for inviting me to launch Adult Learners Week for 2017, and thank you to all of you for being here today.I acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, and pay my respects to Elders past, present and future.I also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people he... read more »

Welcome Home Andy Lamont

Watch the video of this speech on my Facebook page.In March this year, I spoke in this chamber about Andy Lamont, an intrepid adventurer from my electorate of McPherson, on the Gold Coast. Andy Lamont is a 54-year-old husband, father and grandfather from the southern Gold Coast. A pest controller by trade he also holds an honours law degree. In Oct... read more »
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