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Labor can be trusted to protect Australia's world-leading gun laws

Around 800 firearms and related items, including pistols and machine-guns, were recently surrendered by Canberrans to the Australian Federal Police during the National Firearms Amnesty.

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Cuts to the public service continue

Every five years, the census data gives us a snapshot of our communities right across Australia—the people that live in these communities, the success that they're having and the challenges that they're facing and that, as a result, we as policymakers face.

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Labor will continue to fight for our most vulnerable

I know the frustration that so many Canberrans and other Australians have felt in dealing with the NDIA, with the coordination that comes from the NDIA, or lack thereof, and the overwhelming bureaucracy. 

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What is the solution for Gleneagles Estate's NBN?

For the past 18 months I have been fighting really, really hard to get Canberra on the NBN rollout map. Just three months ago—hurrah!—we finally got on the NBN rollout map. Now I'm concerned that it's a case of 'be careful what you wish for'.

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NDIS isn't without its challenges

When the member for Maribyrnong was elected to the Australian parliament, he was also appointed to the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children's Services. 

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Another unfair cut for our pensioners

On Friday, around 60 pensioners joined the member for Jagajaga and me at a community forum to discuss the government's changes to pensions. Concerns about the government's plans to axe the energy supplement were top of the list for many in attendance.

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Why I became an endo warrior

I seek leave to amend the motion relating to endometriosis in the terms in which it appears in the Notice Paper.

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Is the government serious about housing affordability?

I rise to speak on the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and the First Home Super Saver Tax Bill 2017. 

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Plan International girls inspirational fight against endo

When I became an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, I pledged to end the silence on this debilitating disease that affects one in 10 women throughout the world and one in 10 women here in Australia.

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Defence Amendment (Instrument Making)

Labor supports the proposed amendments set out in the Defence Legislation Amendment (Instrument Making) Bill 2017. The bill amends both the Defence Act 1903 and the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 in relation to inquiries, defence aviation areas and public areas.

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It's time the government takes cyber security seriously

The revelations last week about what was happening on the cyber security front here in Australia in Defence contracts or what was not happening on the cyber security front just underscored the fact this government is failing in its most basic responsibility, and that is our national security. 

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Citizenship shouldn't be about politics

In his message to new citizens, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection writes:

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Government ignoring equity for Norfolk Island

Last week I was on Norfolk Island, which is in my electorate, for my second visit this year and my last for 2017.

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Real action needed to save the Great Barrier Reef

We are incredibly blessed in Australia to have such natural beauty spread right across the country. For eons, the Indigenous people of Australia have shared an intrinsic link with the land, its forms, its flora and fauna, and today we continue to share that connection with our natural environment. 

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Norfolk Island's rebate battle

Last week, on my second visit to Norfolk Island, my final for this year, I met with the Banyan Park Playcentre management committee to discuss the challenges they are facing on the road to a regulated facility, accredited educators and also, most importantly, child-care rebates. 

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Our US alliance needs a strong Australian voice

Since the election of Donald Trump, the calls have raged in some quarters of Australia for Australia to abandon the US alliance. It is an alliance of more than 65 years which has withstood personality clashes and policy differences in the past and I believe it can withstand them now.

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Australia's Fight Against Cyber Security Threats

Keynote Speech at CIFI Sydney 

I begin my acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal of the Eora people, and pay my respects to their elders past and present.

Like so much in the national security space, cyber security is largely a bipartisan issue.

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Small Businesses in Canberra being hurt by NBN blunders

Imagine trying to run a small business without access to internet and phone services. In my electorate, as I speak, there's a small business called Swimart Erindale, which is run by Wendy and Peter, in Gartside Street, Wanniassa. The business provides a range of pool and spa products and services. Wendy and Peter haven't had access to phone or internet services since 8.30 am yesterday.

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Government jumping the gun on Outrageous Decentralisation Plan

In The Government and the People , 1939-1941, Sir Paul Hasluck exposed the administrative heartache and headache caused by the dispersal of the Commonwealth Public Service, saying it 'wasted time and money, fretted men and hampered understanding, delayed decisions and led to conflict and duplication'. It was for this reason that the founder of the modern Liberal Party, Sir Robert Menzies, set about concentrating the Commonwealth Public Service here in Canberra, our nation's capital, deeming it better for the country as a whole.

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Send Me Your Speeds: Canberra's Digital Divide

For the last 18 months, here in Canberra, I've been campaigning very, very hard on the NBN. Up until about two or three months ago, the vast bulk of my electorate of Canberra wasn't even on the NBN rollout map. So I campaigned very hard for Canberra to be placed on the NBN rollout map and, finally, we achieved that a few months ago after a lot of lobbying and a lot of effort. 

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Vale Connie Johnson

Connie Johnson: a fearless, warm, generous, courageous woman, who, in the face of tremendous adversity, was an inspiration to people right across Australia. Connie inspired us to be aware of our bodies. Connie inspired us to be aware of any changes to our bodies. Her message to women in Australia—right across Australia—was simple: 'Don't fall into the booby trap. Be breast aware.'

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Standing up for Defence Force Reservists

I rise to speak on the Defence Legislation Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017. I want to commend the member for Herbert for her commendation and acknowledgement of the significant contribution that the Australian Defence Force makes to our community in securing our nation— and also their families: the significant contribution that the families who support the Australian Defence Force make.

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The Transformative Powers of a Quality Public Education

My sisters and I are living proof of the transformative powers of a quality public education and the transformative powers of a tertiary education. Like so many Australians, and so many in this chamber, I am the first in my family to go to university. It was thanks to the changes that the Whitlam government introduced in the seventies that I was allowed that transformative opportunity. 

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Why I am ending the silence on endo

I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to the elders past and present.

Thank you to Syl Freedman and EndoActive for inviting me today and Endometriosis Australia for making me an Ambassador.

My connection with endometriosis began when I was in my early 20s, about 30 years ago, when one of my best friends from high school was diagnosed with this insidious disease. 

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More support required for our most vulnerable

I join my colleagues in expressing grave concern about elements of this bill, and I commend the member for Moreton on that very powerful speech. There are a number of elements of this bill that Labor is very, very concerned about, and we have heard at length from colleagues today and throughout the course of this week about their concerns about the drug testing.

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