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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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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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