Speeches

  • Friday, 26 January 2018

    Well its wonderful to be here in Gunning/Goulburn on one of my favourite days of the year

    [Acknowledgements]

    For so many Australians, this day – the 26th of January – is so very special

    Australia Day is distinctly different from our more solemn celebrations, like Anzac day

    It comes at the end of those easier weeks of Christmas and New Year, watching the cr...

  • Wednesday, 06 December 2017

    Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 - December 6, 2017. Second Reading.

    I did not come into politics to be a cultural warrior. I didn't come into politics with the intention of imposing my morality on others. I most certainly didn't come into politics to lead the charge, one way or the other, on the question of same-sex marriage. I had other objectives in min...

  • Tuesday, 05 December 2017

    I'm grateful to be able to speak today on this condolence motion to honour Wal Fife, an enduringly successful former federal member for Hume who had a penchant for people and a knack for numbers. If Wal had written a book on grassroots politics, it would have been a bestseller. No doubt, an entire chapter would have been devoted to the art of village visits—advice he so kindly shared with me wh...

  • Thursday, 14 September 2017

    Constituency Statement - Federation Chamber Wednesday, 13 September 2017

    Deputy Speaker,

    The soil is fertile up Wollondilly Shire way in my electorate.

    At Tahmoor and Buxton, community gardens are flourishing.

    Armies of volunteer green thumbs – kids, families, retirees, people with disabilities - tend to edible patches of pesticide-free wholesome goodness.

    For...

  • Monday, 14 August 2017

    Constituency Statement - Federation Chamber Tuesday, 8 August 2017

    Deputy Speaker,

    Not far from where I live in Goulburn is the Rocky Hill War Memorial.

    This iconic monument – inspired by the local community and built in the 1920s - stands above Australia’s First Inland City as a tribute to the locals who served during the First World War.

    The Goulburn Evening Penny...