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Reform continues on Norfolk Island

For many years, I've advocated for reform on Norfolk Island. As the island community's federal representative here in parliament, I've been active in ensuring the reform agenda is implemented.

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NBN speeds that couldn't run a doorbell

Canberrans are tearing their hair out at the delay in the NBN rollout. They're dealing with download and upload speeds of less than one megabit per second.

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Still a long way to go before gender diversity

In 2015, The Australian Financial Review stated:

The journey from the kitchen to the boardroom has been a long one for women …

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The altruism of our consular officials

Thank you Deputy Speaker. The 7th of March marks the 11th anniversary of the death of my dear friend Liz O'Neill. Liz was killed in the crash of Garuda Indonesia flight 200 in Jogjakarta in Indonesia.

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NDIS failures hurting Canberrans

The Social Services portfolio has had four ministers in four years, a revolving door of ministers, with each new minister failing to address the ongoing issues with the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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Delays in NBN rollout frustrating Canberrans

Curtin is a suburb that is between five and 10 kilometres from Parliament House. It's a suburb in which a friend of mine lives. He was on the phone just recently to Telstra complaining about his internet connection while he was standing on his back porch looking at Parliament House.

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Emerging crime is challenging our existing legal framework

As the shadow assistant minister for cybersecurity and defence, I welcome the proposed amendments to the Crimes Legislation Amendment (International Crime Cooperation and Other Measures) Bill 2016.

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Canberrans let down by NDIS failures

Canberra was one of the first places in Australia to roll out the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial, a trial that was designed by a Labor government and was warmly welcomed by so many in my community.

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Vale Barry Cohen AM

It is with a great sense of pride and honour that I rise to honour Barry Cohen AM. Having attended his memorial service yesterday, which was also a great honour, I came away from that event wishing I had actually met him.

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Tips for Safer Internet Day

Today marks Safer Internet Day, and this year's theme is 'Create, connect, and share respect: a better internet starts with you'. I welcome the call for more respectful communication as part of making the internet safer.

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Further delays for Canberra's NBN

Last week NBN Co updated its rollout map, forcing Canberrans to face yet another delay in connecting to the technology patchwork that is the NBN.

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Make Marriage Equality in Australia a Reality

I rise to speak on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017.

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Together we are ending the silence on endo

Last night, I was reminded about why I'm in politics. 

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Copper broadband is failing Canberrans

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network's report on the rollout of the NBN only confirmed Canberra's worst fears—that this government's rollout is failing them. 

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Vale Steve Doszpot

Last Friday, St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka was filled to overflowing as we farewelled a beloved member of the Canberra community, the late Steve Doszpot, who was accorded a state funeral from the ACT government. 

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Rate of cancelled Canberra flights is unacceptable

In September, cancellations for flights from Canberra to Sydney topped the nation at 8.1 per cent. In October, cancellations from flights from Canberra to Sydney reached 6.6 per cent. 

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End the Digital Divide

Deputy Speaker, as you are more than aware, hundreds of Canberrans have taken part in my 'Send me your speeds' campaign over the course of this year. 

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Report into Veteran Suicide long overdue

This is a long overdue and very worthwhile report, and I commend the committee that did such a comprehensive review. 

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It's time to post your survey

We are in the final days of this expensive, divisive postal survey on marriage equality. The survey closes on 7 November, yet tomorrow is the last day that Australians should mail their survey to ensure it's counted.

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Fearless take on domestic violence

On average one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. One in five women over the age of 18 have been stalked in their lifetime. Domestic violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children. These figures are confronting and they should be.

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Tabling JCPAA Report: Defence major projects report

On behalf of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, I present the committee's report entitledReport 468:Defence major projects report (2015-16): inquiry based on Auditor-General's report 40 (2016-17).

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We need to talk about the lack of diversity in our wine industry

I welcome this opportunity to speak on the Australian Grape and Wine Authority Amendment (Wine Australia) Bill 2017. The bill will enable the authority to implement all program activities under the wine support package; it will enable the authority to administer grant programs for wine, including the cellar door grant; and it will change the name of the authority from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to Wine Australia.

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Tabling JCPAA Report: Defence major projects report

Every year the Department of Defence and the Australian National Audit Office work together to produce a consolidated review of selected major Defence acquisition projects, with the resulting report called the Major Projects Report, or the MPR as it has come to be known. The MPR is then reviewed by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit.

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Tabling JCPAA Report 467: Cybersecurity Compliance

The release of the report into Cyber Security Compliance by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit is welcomed by Labor.

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Labor is standing up for our workers

As we've heard from my colleagues all afternoon, the Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill 2017 was introduced in the House last Thursday. Last Thursday! It's not even a week old. It is a significant bill. It has five schedules. It has 80 pages. It amends five different pieces of legislation.

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