Parliament Speeches

Please click below to read some of my speeches in the Queensland Parliament.

Infrastructure in Townsville

May 11, 2017

It is interesting that those opposite want to come in here and lecture us about infrastructure. They must have a pretty short memory. Let me remind them of what infrastructure the LNP government delivered for us in North Queensland. Let me just check. Opposition members interjected. Mr STEWART: There we have it! What did the LNP deliver for us in North Queensland? Absolutely nothing! They made a lot of promises, had a lot of pie-in-the-sky i...

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Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorations

May 10, 2017

Just five months after Japan had entered World War II and two months after capturing Singapore, Australia was in the enemy's sights. Although the Imperial Japanese Navy, with six carriers in the fleet, steamed towards Australia, it was Port Moresby that was the target. By taking Moresby it would neutralise the allied forces allowing Japan to concentrate on taking Darwin and Townsville and take Australia effectively out of the war.

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Sofronoff Report - Parole Changes

May 09, 2017

I doubt if anyone living in Townsville will ever forget that fateful day on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 when Townsville police discovered the tragedy that was the murder of beloved mother, grandmother and aunty Beth Kippin. Beth was murdered by a man who had only just been released from Stuart prison that same day. From that tragedy has come the changes to the parole system that we have with us today and that we debate in this House.

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Response to Private Members Motion - Adani Carmichael Coal Mine

March 21, 2017

I rise to oppose the motion because when it comes to the resources sector in Queensland actions speak louder than words and the Palaszczuk government is forging ahead with projects and jobs for regional Queensland. The Labor Party is a party that welcomes debate and contributions from all. The Mount Coot-tha branch, in the great traditions of democracy and independent thought in Australia, is free to make any statement it pleases. What we know...

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Operation Oscar Merchant

March 21, 2017

I rise today to provide an update to the House on the Townsville Stronger Communities committee headed by Inspector Glenn Doyle of the QPS. Before I provide the latest information on how the Palaszczuk government is driving down crime rates in Townsville I will retrace the journey so far on the raft of initiatives undertaken to make the streets of Townsville safer

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Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

November 09, 2016

I rise today in support of the Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill before the House today. Firstly, I would like to thank the parliamentary committee for their work in the inquiry and, in particular, I would like to acknowledge and thank all of those submitters who either wrote to the committee and/or appeared during the hearings.

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