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Endometriosis Finally in National Spotlight

I want to thank the member for Forrest for this motion and for her years and years of fighting to have endometriosis recognised by the leaders of our nation. And I want to thank her daughter, Kylie, for her courage. I want to thank the member for Boothby for reaching across the aisle to join with the member for Forrest and me in establishing the Parliamentary Friends of Endometriosis Awareness, which we launched last December.

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Inquiry into Australia's Antarctic Territory

As deputy chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories, I welcome the opportunity to speak on the report from the inquiry into Australia's Antarctic territory. Australia has a long and proud history of involvement in Antarctica, having significantly contributed to shaping the region both through the Antarctic Treaty System and on the ground. 

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Hands off Jobs in Canberra

The Turnbull government has made a hobby out of cutting jobs in Canberra.

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TNA Reconciliation Day

I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on, the Ngunnawal people. I wish to acknowledge and pay my respects to elders past and present, and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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2018 Boer War Day Commemoration

Thank you for your kind invitation to join you at this very special event. I commend the National Boer War Memorial Association for continuing to commemorate the anniversary of the Boer War.

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National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018

I rise to speak on the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018.

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The GDPR Might Affect Your Small Business

Once again, the Turnbull government has let Australian small businesses down when it comes to cybersecurity and cybersafety. 

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Is My Health Record Cyber Resilient?

Last week, the Turnbull Government announced the roll out of phase two of My Health Record. The roll out means every Australian's private health information will be stored online – unless they opt out.

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End the Cruelty: Ban Live Sheep Exports

Since working on the Middle East desk in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the late nineties, I've been aware of the concerns of Australians about live sheep exports. Since being elected the member for Canberra, I've been inundated with Canberrans advocating for change to the live sheep export industry.

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We are in a Skills Shortage Crisis

Canberra has a serious skills shortage crisis. Under the Abbott-Turnbull government the number of trainees and apprentices in Canberra has plummeted by 49 per cent—a cut in apprenticeships and traineeships of nearly 50 per cent. 

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Dale's NBN Experience

A member of my community who lives less than 20 kilometres from where I am standing here right now contacted me about the diabolical speeds he currently receives on ADSL2+. We're not even talking about the NBN here; we're talking about the retrograde copper based service currently existing in my community. 

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Canberrans Still Disappointed by the NDIS

My community newsletter, The Bulletin, has been hitting letterboxes in Canberra across the last two weeks. On the front page is a story about the NDIS forum that I hosted in March with the shadow minister for disability and carers. That forum was held in response to my office being inundated with distressed parents, families and friends who are dealing with the NDIS and the NDIA, particularly over the summer break.

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All Cost, No Benefit: Decentralisation

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.

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The ACT (Planning and Land Management) Amendment Bill 2017

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 responsibilities it has.

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Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer)

I've spoken many, many times in this chamber about the experiences of my wonderful community here in Canberra with the roll out of the National Broadband Network under this government.

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Another Kick in the Guts for Canberra

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.

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Stop the Attack on Canberra

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.

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Security of Critical Infrastructure Bill

I echo the comments made by my colleague and friend, the member for Eden-Monaro, with regard to the fact we need to be ever-vigilant in this space. The technology is changing rapidly, and the threats at the non-state actor and the state actor level are changing rapidly. So we need to be constantly looking at legislation and regulation to ensure it's responding to the threat environment and the attack environment as quick as possible.

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Friends of Manuka Pool

In their haste to cool down or to do laps, many Canberrans would miss a very inconspicuous but very special bronze plaque that hangs in the foyer of the Manuka swimming pool. It's a plaque that was unveiled in 1947 and lists the names of nine members of the Canberra Amateur Swimming Club who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War: Frank Browning, Mick Clemens, Bill Dullard, Wally Hall, Ian Ingram, Lindsay Knowles, Eric Peterson, Ian Ray and Harold Thorpe.

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Changes to Student HELP Debt

What is it with conservative governments, education and access to opportunity and education for all—no matter what your postcode, no matter what your gender, no matter how much your parents earn, no matter what your race and no matter what your religion is?

What is it with conservative governments?

 

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Will the Turnbull Government address flight cancellations?

Today Qantas cancelled five flights from Canberra to Sydney and delayed one. It cancelled the 7.15 am, cancelled the 9.15 am, cancelled the 11.10 am, cancelled the 1.00 pm, delayed the 1.30 pm and cancelled the 4.45 pm.

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Report 470: Defence Sustainment Expenditure

On behalf of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, I present the committee's report entitled Report 470: Defence sustainment expenditure.

Some would say I have a rather unhealthy obsession with the sustainment of defence capability. Prior to becoming the member for Canberra, I worked in the Defence Materiel Organisation for nearly 10 years, got a very clear understanding of the acquisition process and tried to get a clear understanding of the sustainment process that supports our defence capability.

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Inquiry into Canberra's National Institutions

It has been a decade since the last comprehensive review into Australia's national institutions was conducted by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, with its very excellent 2008 'Size Matters' report. In that time, a lot has changed. A lot has changed on the media front: social media, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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ThinkUKnow

As the shadow assistant minister for cyber security and defence, I welcome the opportunity to speak on cybersafety and cyberbullying. I thank the member for Forrest for raising this important topic through this motion. As we know, the member for Forrest has been a staunch advocate of the ThinkUKnow program for quite some time and a major proponent in raising awareness about cyberbullying and cybersafety and the impacts it has particularly on young Australians.

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International Women's Day

It is with great pleasure that I'm able to speak today about the importance of International Women's Day. It's a time to observe and reflect on the progress that we've made in attempting to achieve parity for women and also to focus on the fact there are many, many areas that still need addressing if we are to achieve real progress for women.

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