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90 Second Statement: End of Year Thank You

This is my final 90 Second Statement for 2018.

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Fair Work Amendment: Family and Domestic Violence Leave Bill

Violence and abuse against women exists in many forms. It can be physical. It can be emotional. It can be financial.

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90 Second Statement: Local Sporting Champions

Canberra lays claim to producing some of the world's greatest sporting stars.

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90 Second Statement: Local Charity Having Trouble Connecting to the Internet

A local charity in Canberra contacted me recently about their experience trying to connect their premises to VDSL2.

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Higher Education Support Amendment: VET FEE-HELP

I want to commend the Member for Bass on that speech. I want to commend him for the fact he actually underscored the fact that TAFE is there for various parts of your career.

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90 Second Statement: Girls Take Over Parliament

Today is the day that Girls Take Over Parliament. Girls Take Over Parliament is a program organised by Jasiri Australia, in partnership with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Girl Guides, to enable girls aged between 12 and 20 to be politicians for the day.

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Social Services Legislation Amendment: Affordable Housing

I commend the member for Whitlam on his speech and for underscoring those absolutely shocking figures about the nature of homelessness in this country, particularly for children.

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Grievance Debate: NBN

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this grievance debate tonight. I welcome the opportunity because I'll be talking about an issue with which I've had a grievance for a very, very long time, Deputy Speaker Hogan, and you would know this from hearing me speak in this Chamber. So it is no surprise that, tonight, I'm going to be talking about the NBN.

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90 Second Statement: WIC

I'm the proud patron of Women in Information and Communication, or WIC, as it's known, which is an organisation that champions the role of women in the information technology, communications and cyber security sectors.

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90 Second Statement: SouthFest

On Saturday, Tuggeranong exploded into life with inaugural SouthFest festival. SouthFest started out as an idea to bring life into the streets, the laneways and the lake foreshore area of the Tuggeranong Town Centre and, most importantly, to connect with the local community.

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90 Second Statement: Mrs Ianna

Rocked by the tragic news that their beloved kindy teacher Mrs Ianna had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and only months left with her family - including her three year old and six year old - the Torrens Primary School community turned their grief into something positive.

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Private Members Motion: Remembrance Day

I would like to begin by commending and thanking the Member for Forrest for this motion, because as she said this year, 2018, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, which we commemorated right throughout the nation in small towns, in country towns, at Norfolk Island and here in our nation's capital on 11 November. So thank you to the Member for Forrest.

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Private Members Motion: White Ribbon Day

Yesterday was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and day one of 16 Days of Activism.

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Constituent Statement: Drones

In June this year, the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority, authorised the operation of Project Wing’s drone delivery trial in Bonython, a suburb in my electorate, with a number of exemptions from existing regulations.

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Centenary of Armistice: Jewish Commemoration

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on, the Ngunnawal people and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.

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The Incredible Career of Tim Gavel

Last month, the voice of sport in Canberra switched off his microphone for the last time. Today I rise to honour Canberra sports journalist Tim Gavel and his incredible career.

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Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

I'd like to commend and thank the previous member, our Deputy Prime Minister, for those moving words and also for his compliments to former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is here today for the unveiling of that extraordinary portrait.

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Ministerial Statement on Veterans and Their Families

Our ADF personnel put their lives on hold in service of our country. They take risks, they make sacrifices and they commit their lives and wellbeing to the protection of this country.

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Happy 30th Birthday, Winnunga

I recently had the enormous privilege of attending the 30th birthday of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services with my parliamentary colleagues the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous health, Senator Dodson and the members for Lingiari and Barton. 

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Book Launch for 'The Way I See It'

*Acknowledgements omitted* 

No reader of this book can turn the last page without an acute understanding of what it is like living with anxiety, experienced through the life of the female protagonist Holly.

 

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Private Members Motion: Bahai Community

I rise tonight to move this motion concerning the widespread and systematic campaign of persecution of Baha'is in Iran.

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What's Happening with the Drone Delivery Trial?

As you know, I'm concerned about the drone delivery trial in Bonython - which is delivering burritos, coffee, croissants and Hydralyte as early as 8 am on a Sunday morning.

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The NBN still not prioritised for Canberra

Feedback from my community is still rolling in about the dismal NBN rollout and Canberra, keep it coming.

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Defence Amendment (Call Out of the Australian Defence Force) Bill 2018

The scourge of terrorism, tragically, seems to be an all-too-common theme in our daily news cycle.

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NCET Report into Light Rail Stage Two

As Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories, I welcome the opportunity to speak on the report of the inquiry into Commonwealth and Parliamentary approvals for the proposed stage 2 of the Australian Capital Territory light rail project

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