Parliament Speeches

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

Health Legislation Amendment Bill

March 19, 2016

I rise today to support the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 as it supports government initiatives and the effective operation of the following acts: the Food Act 2006 to require fast-food chains and the like to display the nutritional information of their products; the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 and the Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011 to allow the minister to temporary appoint persons to hospital and health boards; the Pest Managemen...

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Queensland Nickel & Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill

March 18, 2016

The name Clive Palmer is a name taken in vain in Townsville at the moment. Locals sometimes use a colourful expletive before mumbling the name through gritted teeth. Every member of this House will be very aware of the Queensland Nickel situation, as we heard from the Treasurer this morning when he outlined the time line of this unfortunate event. On 15 February, 237 workers were sacked, plunging those workers and their families in a world...

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Further Education and Training (Training Ombudsman) Amendment Bill

February 26, 2016

I rise in support of the Further Education and Training (Training Ombudsman) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2015. As the committee chair, I firstly want to thank the work and efforts of the committee and of course the secretariat for their work associated with this bill. I also want to recognise two members of that committee who have since left that committee, not because of the bill but because of the reshuffle. I want to acknowledge the memb...

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Queensland Nickel

February 19, 2016

On 15 February 1866, the municipality of Townsville was proclaimed by Sir George Bowen, Governor of Queensland. Yesterday, 15 February 2016, I had the pleasure of formally attending the Townsville City Council’s 150th anniversary ceremonial council meeting. The Mayor, Jenny Hill, and councillors presented reports on the various portfolios that recounted the history of the city over those 150 years. Through all of those stories, one facto...

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Tackling Alcohol Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill

February 18, 2016

I rise to speak in support of the bill before the House. I do so because I believe that this legislation will curb the amount of violence and the number of physical assaults in our vibrant city nightclub areas.   Watch a recording of this speech

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December 03, 2015

I rise this evening to speak in support of the Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Bill 2015 and wish to outline to this House the impact this bill will have on Queensland and, in particular, on the Townsville region. I will not spend my time talking about some of the great cars that I had, unlike the honourable member for Hinchinbrook, but I did learn to drive in a 1956 Ford Zephyr Mark III. The speedometer...

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