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Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018

I'd like to start by noting that it's a relief to finally be here. It's a relief to see the Morrison government introduce the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Bill 2018 into the parliament, and better late than never.

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On average, one woman a week is murdered as a result of domestic violence.

One in four women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15.

 

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My Questions about the Drone Delivery Trial

"I dread the weekends."

That's the view of Andrea, one of my constituents, in response to the drone trial that is currently taking place in Bonython in my electorate.

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Prioritise the NBN in Canberra

I was recently contacted by Elliot, a member of my community who works in the IT industry, about the NBN in his apartment block.

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International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

I move that this House:

1. notes that:
(a) 15 October marks International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day;

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The Ongoing Feedback about the Drone Trial

The drone delivery trial in Bonython is still going and residents are getting increasingly fed up.

Since I did a callout last month, feedback about the drone trial has not slowed down. In fact, it has increased dramatically.

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AISA Conference: Innovate | Disrupt | Change

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Over the next two days you will be discussing: Cyber security and what it means for your workforce, cyber security and what it means for your workplace and your workplace culture, cyber security and what it means for micro, small and medium businesses, cyber security skills, cyber crime, cyber laws. 

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Lucas Khawam: The Modern Face of the ADF

Each year, like so many of my colleagues, I take great pleasure in hosting a member of the Australian Defence Force as part of the parliamentary exchange program. Each year I am always amazed at the quality and calibre of our fine service men and women.

This year is no different. Meet Squadron Leader Lucas Khawam from RAAF Base Edinburgh.

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We Need to Close the Gender Pay Gap

On average one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner. And, at the current rate of progression, we won't achieve gender equality in parliament until 2046. The gender pay gap has been stagnant for two decades, and gender equality against many of the markers appears to have stalled in Australia.

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My Questions about the Drone Delivery Trial

Last week I met with Project Wing to discuss the drone trial currently rolling out in Bonython, in my electorate, and I had a long list of questions. Many residents of Bonython were completely unaware that this trial was going to take place, despite the fact that Project Wing told me the community was notified by a letterbox drop and through community events.

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Follow up: Drone Trial in Bonython

I understand the need for drones in crisis situations.

I understand the need for drones in emergency situations.

But like many Canberrans, I fail to understand the need for drones to deliver burritos!

Since speaking about the Project Wing drone delivery trial yesterday, I’ve heard from many more Canberrans who are concerned about this project.

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Fair Fares for Canberra!

The distance between Canberra is Sydney is 286 kilometres.

The distance between Canberra and Melbourne is almost three times that at 662 kilometres.

So it’s understandable to ask why on earth the price of a flight between Sydney and Canberra is up to 4 times higher than that between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Another NBN Tale of Woe in Canberra

Another day, another NBN tale of woe in Canberra. First, we weren't even on the NBN rollout map.

We were just one big blank space. Second, when we finally did get on the map, we kept getting moved further to the right in terms of the actual rollout.

Those lucky enough to get the rollout have had all sorts of headaches, such as technicians who are meant to turn up never turning up.

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Drone Delivery Trial in Bonython

For the past month I have been inundated with concerns from people living in the suburb of Bonython, which is in my electorate, about a drone delivery service trial called Project Wing.

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Modern Slavery Bill

Slavery isn't something most Australians associate with the 21st century. They have those images from what they've read and from what they've heard. There are really powerful songs that we're all familiar with, and there is what we've seen on television or at the movies. It is something very much associated with the past, with hundreds of years ago.

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Canberrans Help Share the Dignity

Share the Dignity is an Australian charity that helps women experiencing domestic violence, women experiencing homelessness and women going through tough times. It helps in the form of personal items.

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Private Members Bill: Territory Rights

I want to take this opportunity to thank my two Territorian friends - the Member for Fenner, who's on the other side of the lake from my electorate, and the Member for Solomon - for bringing forward this private member's bill on territory rights, a topic that I can't believe that we're still debating in 2018.

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Family Law Amendment: The Cross Examination of Parties

I rise to speak on the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018.

The ongoing cross-examination of domestic abuse survivors by their perpetrators is a shameful practice and it has gone on for far too long.

It has forced victims to settle with underwhelming outcomes in order to avoid being questioned by their perpetrator.

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Defence Industry and Small Business

If any of those opposite bothered to actually speak to a microbusiness, speak to a small business or speak to a medium-sized business trying to contract with Defence, they would quit with the high-fiving that we have seen in this motion.

I used to be a microbusiness, contracting to Defence and to government agencies. I did it for 10 years before I entered politics. I know the challenges of getting on a panel. 

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The Gaps in Cyber Security

At each speech I make on cyber security I underscore the fact that, like national security, this is a largely bipartisan area. But that does not mean the Opposition will not hold the Government to account. That is our job, and the Australian people would expect nothing less.

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The Future of Cyber Security in Australia

Thank you to ISACA for inviting me to give today’s keynote address on the issue du jour – cyber security. 

The first time I spoke to ISACA was at a breakfast meeting in my first term when I was Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. Then the focus of my attention was on the challenges of developing a risk management culture in the public service. 

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Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

We are incredibly blessed in Australia to have such incredible natural beauty spread right across the country, from northern Western Australia to southern Western Australia, right around to southern South Australia and Tasmania.

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Tuberculosis: The Global Health Emergency

Twenty five years ago, the World Health Organization declared tuberculosis a global emergency. Since then, this disease has been responsible for 50 million deaths across the world.

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The Opposition's Position - Actions to Enhance The Ability of Reservists to Serve

It’s a great pleasure to be here today and to be back in the fold of the Reserves. As Paul Irving mentioned, before going into politics I had my own business for 10 years, largely consulting in Defence.

I went through the merger and creation of the Defence Materiel Organisation from the Defence Acquisition Organisation and Joint Logistics Command, and SCA.

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