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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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ACSC: What is Australia's National Cyber Security Mission?

National mission

Two summers ago, I was walking along Broulee beach with my husband when we noticed a woman diving into the surf with her two teenage children. From where we stood it was obvious they were heading straight into a rip.

They were 500 metres from the flags. Close enough to have walked there with ease. Far enough away to drown before help arrived.  

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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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Condolences to Georgia Vizovitis

Over the weekend, Canberra lost a beautiful young girl in a tragic boating accident at Moruya on the New South Wales South Coast. Georgia Vizovitis was just 13 years old.

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Women's Peace and Security 2018: The View from Capital Hill

In collaboration with Linda Reynolds, Liberal Senator for Western Australia

Both of us entered politics to shape public policy and improve the lives of our community, our nation and, where possible, our world.

So, when research shows that peace lasts longer and conflict zones become more stable when the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) framework is implemented, we sit up, take notice and respond as leaders.

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Canberrans left behind as Prime Minister gets fibre to the curb

Less than 20 kilometres from Parliament House, in the nation's capital, in 2018, Canberrans are battling with upload and download speeds of less than one megabit per second.

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Local program helping our Veterans

It is with great pleasure that I rise to speak in support of the Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018.

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ASD reform welcome, but still a long way to go

Reveal their secrets, protect our own: that's the mission of our Australian Signals Directorate. And given the nature of the agency, not many people know its mission or the work it has done for the Australian community.

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Australia must play its part in prosecuting war crimes

I second the motion. I thank the member for Dunkley for bringing attention to this very important issue. Last September I brought forward a similar private members' motion and I spoke strongly against the use of sexual violence in conflict and the need for the perpetrators of such violence and evil to be held to account.

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New Deputy Prime Minister must reverse APVMA move

The Nationals have a new leader and with a new leader should come new direction, so I'm calling on the member for Riverina, the new Deputy Prime Minister, to put an end to the shameful, blatant pork-barrelling of the member for New England.

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Tumbleweeds on the Canberra Runway as Qantas cancels more flights

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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Canberrans voice their concerns over decentralisation

I welcome the interim report of the Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation and I welcome the fact that there were 21 submissions from Canberra alone—the biggest number of submissions from any town or city.

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Will the Liberals ever stop tearing down Menzies legacy?

Canberrans brace themselves for coalition government budgets. They brace themselves because they're used to the cuts. They brace themselves because they're used to the attacks.

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Emelia's NDIS experience

Emelia is seven years old. Emelia suffers from brittle bone syndrome. Emelia has been waiting for the NDIA to approve modifications to her family's home so that she can have some independence and be a regular kid.

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