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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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Enhancing Online Safety

Labor first put forward its private members' bill on the issue of non-consensual sharing of intimate images or revenge porn in 2015. It's now 2018. It's now three years later, and we're still discussing the form that this legislation should take.

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Put the Australian Space Agency in Canberra

This is a fabulous opportunity to spruik Canberra’s expertise in space and why we should continue to be the home of the Australian Space Agency.

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Canberra Condemns Senator Anning's Comments

Canberra is a culturally diverse community.

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Regions at the Ready Report: APVMA Relocation

Today Canberrans are vindicated. They are vindicated by the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation’s report, once again, once again, once again showing the relocation of the APVMA to Armidale for what it is: a blatant, shameless pork-barrel.

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Legal Safe Harbour Created by the Copyright Act

Australia's Copyright Act originally dates right back to 1968. It was developed before man set foot on the moon, it was developed during the Vietnam War, it was developed during the Cold War, it was developed before the election of the great Gough Whitlam, it was developed before colour television, before digital, before the internet and before feminism.

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Norfolk Island Infrastructure Grant Funding

Given the set-up that we have here in the ACT, I imagine that some would question why the member for Canberra is talking about this Private Member's Bill. The reason I do so is that Norfolk Island is part of my electorate. It is a great honour and a pleasure to have Norfolk Island as part of my electorate, and I get up there at least twice a year to talk to the community and hear about their issues.

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NBN: Understanding the Switchover

I met with NBN Co last week and in that meeting we talked about the experiences many Canberrans have had with their new NBN connections—the unexpected dropouts and the need to replace equipment, like fax machines.

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NDIS Cuts Funding to Those Who Need It Most

My community was one of the first in Australia to experience the benefits, the value, of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, when the trial began here in 2013. Since then, the full scheme of the NDIS has rolled out. It began rolling out in 2016. Many Canberrans have been on the NDIS for the last five years, through the trial to where we are today.

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Superannuation is a Guarantee, not an Optional Extra

Up until the mid-1980s less than 40 per cent of the working population had superannuation. That figure was even less for blue-collar workers and women; for them it was only around 25 per cent. This all changed in 1991 when Labor under Paul Keating, our great former Prime Minister and Treasurer, introduced the superannuation guarantee, a compulsory system of superannuation for Australian employees.

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Aged Care (Single Quality Framework) Bill 2018

My electorate of Canberra is the largest by population in Australia. I proudly represent a very large number of older Australians, older Canberrans and older people who look to government to make sure that as they live longer they also live better. At the last census more than 26,000 people in Canberra were over 65. That is 13.8 percent of my electorate.

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Canberra and the Stars

Last month, I took part in the Australian National University's Guinness world record attempt for the greatest number of telescopes pointed at once at the night sky. More than 285 stargazing parties were registered across Australia, with thousands of telescopes delivered across the country. We're not talking about cardboard telescopes; we're talking about good-quality, entry-level telescopes that you'd probably get from Australian Geographic shops to help Australians develop an interest in—perhaps even a love for—astronomy.

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Threats to Critical Infrastructure

The Australian Cyber Security Centre 2017 threat report noted that CERT Australia responded to 734 incidents affecting private-sector systems of national critical infrastructure within the 2016-17 financial year. This equates to a significant cyber incident occurring on these networks more than twice a day. In October 2017, the US-CERT released a report that stated:

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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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21st Century Technology and Ancient Copper Wiring Do Not Mix

I am here tonight to talk about NBN and the lack thereof, or the lack thereof of service. I got a letter last week from Rudi in Pearce, and I am quoting:

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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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