Standing up for Canberra



Private Members Bill: Territory Rights

I want to take this opportunity to thank my two Territorian friends - the Member for Fenner, who's on the other side of the lake from my electorate, and the Member for Solomon - for bringing forward this private member's bill on territory rights, a topic that I can't believe that we're still debating in 2018.

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Family Law Amendment: The Cross Examination of Parties

I rise to speak on the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-examination of Parties) Bill 2018.

The ongoing cross-examination of domestic abuse survivors by their perpetrators is a shameful practice and it has gone on for far too long.

It has forced victims to settle with underwhelming outcomes in order to avoid being questioned by their perpetrator.

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Defence Industry and Small Business

If any of those opposite bothered to actually speak to a microbusiness, speak to a small business or speak to a medium-sized business trying to contract with Defence, they would quit with the high-fiving that we have seen in this motion.

I used to be a microbusiness, contracting to Defence and to government agencies. I did it for 10 years before I entered politics. I know the challenges of getting on a panel. 

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The Gaps in Cyber Security

At each speech I make on cyber security I underscore the fact that, like national security, this is a largely bipartisan area. But that does not mean the Opposition will not hold the Government to account. That is our job, and the Australian people would expect nothing less.

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The Future of Cyber Security in Australia

Thank you to ISACA for inviting me to give today’s keynote address on the issue du jour – cyber security. 

The first time I spoke to ISACA was at a breakfast meeting in my first term when I was Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee of Public Accounts and Audit. Then the focus of my attention was on the challenges of developing a risk management culture in the public service. 

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The High Price of Flights in Canberra

ABC 666 Radio Canberra 
Breakfast with Adam Shirley


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Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

We are incredibly blessed in Australia to have such incredible natural beauty spread right across the country, from northern Western Australia to southern Western Australia, right around to southern South Australia and Tasmania.

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Tuberculosis: The Global Health Emergency

Twenty five years ago, the World Health Organization declared tuberculosis a global emergency. Since then, this disease has been responsible for 50 million deaths across the world.

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The Opposition's Position - Actions to Enhance The Ability of Reservists to Serve

It’s a great pleasure to be here today and to be back in the fold of the Reserves. As Paul Irving mentioned, before going into politics I had my own business for 10 years, largely consulting in Defence.

I went through the merger and creation of the Defence Materiel Organisation from the Defence Acquisition Organisation and Joint Logistics Command, and SCA.

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Enhancing Online Safety

Labor first put forward its private members' bill on the issue of non-consensual sharing of intimate images or revenge porn in 2015. It's now 2018. It's now three years later, and we're still discussing the form that this legislation should take.

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