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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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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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Congratulations Fearless Comedy Gala

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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