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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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What is the Turnbull Government's solution for PFAS?

The new standards introduced by these bills are good for the health of Australians and the environment, and they provide certainty for industry. 

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Heartbreaking battles with endo

When I had the honour of becoming an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, I pledged to end the silence for the one in 10 women in our communities—and in my community—who are suffering from this insidious disease. 

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The government's failing decentralisation policy

If a good decentralisation plan includes a well planned and executed proposal, with the benefits outweighing the cost, then the Turnbull government has clearly failed. The number of times this Turnbull government needs to be told that its decentralisation policy is an absolute mess shows its breathtaking arrogance. 

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From little things, big things grow

Being a part of the Australian Defence Force, protecting our nation, protecting our national interests, is one of the great sacrifices made by so many Australians—150,000 Australians each year. I have said many, many times in this chamber that there is no higher calling than military service. To be a fine member of the Australian Defence Force member, you need to display a high level of fitness, commitment, discipline, trust, integrity, courage and loyalty.

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Australia's energy security must be addressed

I commend the former speaker on his contribution and also the contribution that was made by my colleague, who is in the chamber with me today, the member for Eden-Monaro. I know that the member for Eden-Monaro has been very, very concerned about energy security in Australia for a very long time. He worked on it when he was serving our nation in the Australian Defence Force, and it's an issue that he's been raising ever since he has been a member of parliament.

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Don't accept a second rate NBN Canberra

Canberrans, what if I told you the current rollout plan for fibre to the node in Canberra would perpetuate the digital divide across the ACT and that the rollout of fibre to the node would reinforce a digital underclass in the ACT? 

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Prosecute, not Perpetrate

I move:

That this House:

(1)notes that:

(a)the use of sexual violence in armed conflict is a war crime; and

(b)the use of sexual violence as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population is a crime against humanity;

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Take note Annabel Crabb

It's 12 months since I asked Canberrans to start sending me their speeds. I continue to be inundated with Canberrans sending me their speeds as they continue to express their frustration with their internet services and speeds. Annabel Crabb, please take note. 

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Why I Voted Yes for Marriage Equality in 2012

I support this bill. I support it because, after much thought, I am convinced that it is an argument about justice that all should be equal before the law. So, in good conscience, I can make no other choice. I make this decision even though many people I know and some that I love violently disagree. I respect and understand their choices. I ask them to respect and understand the choices of others.

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Send Me Your Speeds: The Next Step

Fibre to the node, fibre to the curb, fibre to the premise—three different technologies—and, under the Turnbull Government, it is the luck of the draw which technology is rolled out in your street. In a number of suburbs across Canberra, neighbours are pitted against each other when it comes to broadband.

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Work needed to support Veteran Re-integration

There is no higher calling than military service, no higher calling than being prepared to defend your nation and no higher calling than being prepared to put your life on the line for your country, for your values, for your beliefs and for your democracy. That is what members of the Australian Defence Force do each and every day, and that is what our veterans have done. That's why we need to provide them with respect, we need to honour them and we need to support them not just when they're in uniform but also when they're transitioning out of uniform and once they have left the ADF.

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Champions of Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

I commend the member for Forde on his tribute to the Solomon Islands, and I do envy his opportunity to have gone to watch those elections. It's something I have always wanted to do, having worked in foreign affairs when the Cambodian elections were taking place and having heard stories about other DFAT colleagues who had been observers at elections throughout the world.

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Be Enrolled to have your say

Labor has always said that the easiest, fastest, cheapest and least divisive way to deliver marriage equality is through a free vote in parliament. All 25 or so changes to the Marriage Act have been made by the parliament, so why is marriage equality any different?

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Citizenship saga casts shadow over APVMA move

I was in the chamber this morning when the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mr Joyce, made that bombshell of a statement that he may not be a citizen of Australia, which brought into question whether he was actually the member for New England, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

 

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One in 10: We need to End the Silence on Endo

When I became an Endometriosis Australia ambassador, I made a pledge to end the silence on this insidious disease, a disease that affects one in 10 women throughout the world. Today I want to share some of those stories because they are powerful, they're heartbreaking and they're happening to one in 10 women in our communities each and every day. 

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Minister is the one "not in the real world".

Last night, I spoke about the response of my electorate to the Turnbull government's ill-considered Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.

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Why do we need these Citizenship changes?

I commend my colleague for her speech and asking the absolutely vitally important question here, and that is: why? Why do we need these changes?

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