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There was plenty of bad news in this week's budget for Canberra, yet again. There were cuts to Public Service jobs in the thousands, yet again. There were cuts to our national institutions, yet again—more jobs gone from the National Archives and the National Library. And there is next to zero infrastructure investment—a mere 0.2 per cent investment in Canberra in infrastructure, after the paltry 0.004 per cent investment last year. It's an insult.

As the very proud and privileged member for Canberra, I am pleased to speak on the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Amendment Bill 2017 today. When the average Australian thinks about this city's development, the following names easily come to mind: Charles Scrivener, Walter Burley Griffin, King O'Malley, Lady Denman and Sir Robert Menzies. But there are very few who know the story of how the National Capital Authority, responsible for the planning and management of Commonwealth land in the Australian Capital Territory, actually came about and why it has the re...

90 Second Speech - 9 May 2018

Once again, Canberrans were bracing themselves for last night’s Budget. And once again, they were kicked in the guts by the Turnbull Government.

Canberra was kicked in the guts by the Turnbull Government in last year’s Budget.

We received a paltry and insulting 0.004 percent of the infrastructure spend – a mere $3 million from $75 billion.

And to add insult to injury we were presented with nothing but cuts.

A budget for our nation’s capital with nothing but cuts.

As ANZAC Day approaches, it is important to reflect the contribution of Canberrans to our nation.


Today marks 103 years since our ANZACs first landed on the beaches at Gallipoli in the First World War.

This Anzac Day, in the final year of the Centenary of Anzac, we also acknowledge the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, a crucial turning point in WW1 which brought the German offensive on the Somme to an end.

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