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Speeches

Speech - Adjournment Debate [NAIF]

May 29, 2017

In March I referred the governance and operations of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to the Auditor-General for his consideration, and I am pleased to note that he has now placed it on his future work agenda. The NAIF provides no security for the $5 billion appropriated to it and, as it is currently structured, the NAIF represents an opportunity for a domineering minister to allocate billions of dollars without any checks or bal...

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Speech - Private Members Business (Energy Security)

May 26, 2017

When I saw this motion, I did not know whether to laugh or to cry. Catastrophic energy policy from this government has seen electricity prices double on their watch. Their dismantling of the carbon price in the scheme put in place by Labor has strangled investment in the energy industry and resulted in a spike in prices which consumers will have to live with for many years to come. It is very clear where the blame for this lies—at those ideolo...

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Speech - Constituency Statement (BHP)

May 22, 2017

Last week, we received further confirmation of BHP’s $1.4 billion tax evasion through its Singapore tax haven, or to use BHP’s Orwellian term, their “marketing hub”. Vulture fund Elliot Advisors described BHP’s claims of transparency as disingenuous, and its marketing hub as unsustainable.

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Speech - Matter of Public Importance (Economic Power)

March 30, 2017

The politically inspired inequality of the Liberals is poisoning our society, and the power of big money is crowding out our democracy. Exhibit A of that is an unfunded $50 billion corporate tax cut, where the Treasury modelling shows it will not have the power and the influence over jobs and growth that the government claims it will. Common sense tells you that it will not either. Exhibit A here is really tax policy more broadly. Really what...

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Speech - Adjournment Debate (Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility)

March 27, 2017

Tonight I rise to speak about the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility or NAIF. I have always strongly supported the concept of an Australian Government investment corporation to fund critical economic infrastructure and I have had a passionate commitment to investing in infrastructure in Northern Australia. With the State Government and Townsville enterprise, I strongly pushed for the CopperString Project and made a substantial b...

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Speech - Private Members Business (Small Business - March 2017)

March 27, 2017

I would like to say a few words about the important topic of small business and the role that small businesses play in our economy. If you read through the list that is there in the motion, the problem is that most of those policies mentioned in the motion are not going to do anything about the fundamental problems facing small business in our community and in our country. What we see is a repetition of a list of policies which can best be des...

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