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Closing The Gap Statement

I begin by acknowledging the Ngambri and Ngunawal people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, in my electorate of Canberra, and I pay my respects to their elders, past, present and future. I'm grateful for the opportunity to once again speak on the Closing the Gap report.

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3 Minute Statement: My Aged Care Fails

Across Australia, more than 127,000 older people have been waiting for more than a year to access the care that they've been promised—to access the care for which they've received approval.

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90 Second Statement: Elliot's NBN Saga Part 2

Elliot’s NBN Saga - Part 2.

Elliot tried to get an NBN connection; he’s been trying since September last year.

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90 Second Statement: Elliot's NBN Saga Part 1

Elliot’s NBN Saga – Part One.

On 10 September 2018 Elliot placed an order with an ISP to get his apartment connected to the NBN.

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90 Second Statement: Community Feedback On Drones

A commercial drone operated by Evo Energy was recently shot down over a rural property, actually it was across the weekend - it was that recent.  

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Private Members Motion: Tuberculosis

I too would like to join with my colleagues to commend and congratulate the Member for Leichhardt

for his constant, his advocacy on this issue for many, many years.

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90 Second Statement: Operation Back to School Supplies

Canberrans went back to school last week, and in anticipation I made a call to action to my community—a call to action to take part in my Operation School Supplies campaign.

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90 Second Statement: End of the Drone Trial in Bonython

Last Friday heralded the end of the drone delivery trial in Bonython.

And the community is rejoicing!

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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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