90 Second Statement - Healthcare in NSW

I wish the honourable member for Herbert and his colleague back home in his electorate all the very best. The tragic fact is this: in New South Wales this month, public hospitals are being forced to hold fundraisers to make up for the shortfall in funding that has been left to them by this terrible Abbott government.    Continue reading

Matter Of Public Interest - Saving Medicare

Mr Deputy Speaker, you cannot imagine the excitement that rippled through the opposition benches when the Minister for Health stepped up to the dispatch box. Continue reading

Adjournment Speech - The South Coast Deserves Better

When you live in a region for most of your life, you get a sense of what makes it tick and what is on people's minds. As I look south from the region that I represent, I am increasingly in despair at the poor level of representation of the people of the South Coast of New South Wales in particular.   Continue reading

Speaking On The Appropriations Bill 2014-15

Sometime this year, good government is going to start—and, by the gods of mercy, it cannot come too soon. Continue reading

Healthcare And Community Safety In Australia

I second the motion. I thank the member for introducing the motion. It gives me great pleasure to second it. It gives me an opportunity to speak on the importance of health care and consumer safety in Australia. Continue reading

The Abbott Government Is Adrift on Health Policy

This is the week that the house of cards that is the Abbott government has collapsed. Continue reading

Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014

It is my great pleasure to be speaking on this matter. The Fair Work Amendment (Bargaining Processes) Bill 2014 was introduced into parliament, into the House of Representatives, last year, before Christmas, and a lot of water has passed under the bridge in terms of the policies and subject matter of the bill but also in terms of the political process. Continue reading

Some Thoughts On The Closing The Gap Report

This House and this parliament is built on the lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people. They so generously welcome us to country at the commencement of each parliament and on a daily basis when parliament is sitting. We start the day by acknowledging their continuous connection to land, their culture and their contribution to this region. I respect your elders, past and present, and extend that statement of respect to the elders of the region which I represent: the Dharawal and Gundangara people of the Illawarra and the Southern Highlands. Continue reading

Complimentary Medicines in Australia

Complementary medicines, as the House knows well, include Chinese medicines. It would be remiss of me to speak on this matter in this week without taking the opportunity to wish all of those within the Chinese Australian community throughout my electorate and throughout the country and indeed those of Chinese heritage within this House a very happy Lunar New Year. I understand that it is the year of the goat, and that does bode very well for many in this place. Continue reading

The Higher Education Reform Bill 2014

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate on higher education reform and the bill before the House, the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014. Continue reading