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 aresafeguarded. In my view, it's incumbent…

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…

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS 2017

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 vocational…

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 – both…

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. …

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…