House debates

Thursday, 4 July 2019

  • Condolences (0 speeches)
    • Godschalx, Mr Jason (JJ) (2 speeches)
      It's with much sadness that I inform the House of the sudden passing last Friday of Jason Godschalx, known to most as JJ. A highly regarded and long-serving member of the Department of...
  • Register of Members' Interests (0 speeches)
    • (1 speech)
      In accordance with resolution 3 of the House of Representatives, relating to the registration of members' interests, I have appointed Ms Claressa Surtees, Deputy Clerk of the House of...
  • Governor-General's Speech (0 speeches)
    • (6 speeches)
      I move: That the Address be agreed to. It is a tremendous honour to stand before the 46th Parliament as a representative for the people of Herbert—Townsville—to speak for the first...
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Standing Orders (3 speeches)
      I move: That standing order nos. 1, 2, 8, 13, 39, 41, 54, 105, 122, 123, 131, 143, 190, 204, 205, 205a and 222 be amended, as follows: 1      Maximum speaking times...
  • Parliamentary Representation (0 speeches)
    • Qualifications of Members (1 speech)
      I move: That in relation to the resolution passed by the House on 4 April, 2019, relating to Members' qualifications: (1) until such time as the Committee of Privileges and Members' Interests is...
  • Committees (0 speeches)
  • Bills (0 speeches)
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders (1 speech)
      I move: That standing order 31 (automatic adjournment of the House) and standing order 33 (limit on business) be suspended for the sitting on Thursday, 4 July 2019. Question agreed to.
  • Condolences (0 speeches)
    • Hawke, Hon. Robert James Lee (Bob), AC (3 speeches)
      When I heard the news that Bob Hawke had died, I was in a meeting of the Noble Park Labor Party branch and it was a few days before the election. Someone came and whispered it in my ear. After...
  • Governor-General's Speech (0 speeches)
    • Address-in-Reply (3 speeches)
      I first thank the Governor-General for his remarks in opening the parliament as well as for the comments at his swearing in, where His Excellency said, 'Australia is not a finished product.'...
  • Statements by Members (0 speeches)
    • Preschools (1 speech)
      The Morrison government likes to solemnly declare, when it comes to its unfunded tax cuts, that governments should be able to make decisions that aren't just for one or two years into the future....
    • Belov, Professor Katherine, AO (1 speech)
      I rise to inform the House of a wonderful achievement by one of our local constituents in Bennelong, Dr Katherine Belov, who has been made an Officer of the General Division of the Order of...
    • Auslan (1 speech)
      I rise today to issue a challenge to all members of parliament and senators to participate in this year's Auslan leaders challenge. Join the challenge to show your support for the 30,000 or so...
    • Infrastructure (1 speech)
      Transport and traffic congestion is the No. 1 local issue in my electorate of Menzies. In all the surveys, which I regularly do, what's returned from my constituents as their No. 1 issue is...
    • Economy (1 speech)
      We're back for a third term of this government, and what do we find? We find that the economy of this nation is floundering under this government. What have they delivered for the people of...
    • Monash Electorate (1 speech)
      It's an honour and a privilege to stand here today as the inaugural member for the seat of Monash. Having been once or twice in this House, I was honoured to be in the presence of the member for...
    • Taxation (1 speech)
      The government is already boasting about the tax cuts that they're going to deliver in five years time. But the questions that I have, and the questions that lots of people have is: how are they...
    • Federal Election (1 speech)
      The people of Central and North Queensland are often misunderstood and much maligned. People say we're different. In the wake of the 18 May election victory, I am honoured to represent the people...
    • Renewable Energy (1 speech)
      It's quite clear that, across Australia, business and local communities are doing the heavy lifting when it comes to energy transition. The facts have been evident in my own electorate, with...
    • Steer, Ms Molly, Ocean Heroes Bootcamp (1 speech)
      I rise this afternoon to highlight the magnificent achievements of a youngster in my community who's making waves around the nation and overseas. Eleven-year-old Molly Steer, who is the founder...
    • Economy (2 speeches)
      Weak economic growth, stagnant wages, subdued consumption, skyrocketing electricity prices and rising unemployment: this is the coalition's legacy after six years in office. Our nation and our...
    • Mechtersheimer, Mr Thomas (1 speech)
      Tom Mechtersheimer is the founder and executive chairman of neuroCare. NeuroCare is a company that specialises in non-invasive options for mental health, pain management and rehabilitation, using...
    • Economy (1 speech)
      Things are pretty dire for savers when interest rates hit a record low of one per cent. Our growth is slow and wages are stagnant. No wonder household spending is weak. All we see is inaction by...
    • Boothby Electorate: Infrastructure (2 speeches)
      It was an honour to be sworn in as the member for Boothby in the 46th Parliament earlier this week. I'd like to sincerely thank my community for the opportunity to serve them again as part of the...
    • Economy (1 speech)
      The Liberals have become the party of procrastination. With the economy tanking faster than the leadership tilt by the member for Dickson, the government's entire focus has been not on today, but...
    • Health (1 speech)
      It's my great honour to stand here as the member for Lyne again. I thank the voters of the Lyne electorate for giving me the honour and privilege of serving them here in this building. As part of...
    • Economy (1 speech)
      The government has an opportunity today in question time to tell the Australian people how they'd pay for stage 3 of their tax package. If they want to commit $95 billion five years out, they...
    • LNG Marine Fuel Institute (1 speech)
      I wish to inform the parliament of the work of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute in promoting the transition of the maritime industry to the use of low-emission liquefied natural gas as a marine and...
    • Economy (1 speech)
      We're back here for the first question time of the new parliament, but those opposite are still on holiday! They won the election and they've kicked back and cracked open a beer; they're sitting...
    • Canning Electorate: Infrastructure (2 speeches)
      It's an enormous privilege to stand in this House and be the member for Canning once again. I thank the Canning representatives for putting their trust in me. To them I say this: the next three...
  • Condolences (0 speeches)
    • Hawke, Hon. Robert James Lee (Bob), AC (1 speech)
      The question is that the motion moved by the Hon. the Prime Minister be agreed to. I ask all present to signify their approval by rising in their places. Honourable members having stood in their...
  • Statement by the Speaker (0 speeches)
    • Clerk of the House of Representatives (1 speech)
      Before I call on question time, I have a brief statement to make to the House that will be of interest to all members. Members would be aware that I announced earlier this year that our Clerk,...
  • Questions without Notice (0 speeches)
    • Economy (8 speeches)
      My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Which of his policies on wages, consumer demand, interest rates and productivity is working the best?
    • Morrison Government (2 speeches)
      My question is to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister advise how the government is getting on with the job of supporting all Australians to realise their aspirations to secure their future?
    • Taxation (10 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Would the tax cut of just over $1,000 a year for a pharmacy worker in my electorate have more of a positive impact if the penalty rate cut...
    • Climate Change (2 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction. We're facing a climate emergency, but, under your government, Australia's greenhouse pollution is going up year after year....
  • Statements on Indulgence (0 speeches)
    • Sigley, Mr Alek (2 speeches)
      I'm pleased to announce that Mr Alek Sigley has been today released from detention in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Alex is safe and well. Swedish authorities advised the Australian...
  • Questions without Notice (0 speeches)
    • Infrastructure (5 speeches)
      My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Mr Rob Mitchell interjecting—
  • Distinguished Visitors (0 speeches)
    • (1 speech)
      I would like to inform the House we have present in the gallery this afternoon members of a parliamentary delegation from Fiji, led by the Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public...
  • Questions without Notice (0 speeches)
    • Roads (13 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. When announcing his government's commitment to the upgrade of Linkfield Road between the northern Brisbane electorates of Petrie and Dickson,...
    • Energy (2 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction. Will the minister update the House on how the government is reducing cost of living pressures by delivering lower power prices,...
    • Taxation (2 speeches)
      My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. What programs and services will be cut to fund stage 3 of the government's tax scheme?
    • Environment (2 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for the Environment. Will the minister update the House on the measures the government is taking to ensure practical outcomes in the environment, particularly in...
    • Newstart Allowance (2 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Would an increase in the rate of Newstart stimulate consumer demand and economic activity and therefore jobs?
    • National Security (2 speeches)
      My question is for the Minister for Home Affairs. Will the minister update the House on steps the government is taking to keep the Australian community safe from the threat of terrorism?
    • Economy (4 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. The chief economist of the National Australia Bank has said: In our business survey we're getting readings that are basically as bad, if not...
    • Queensland: Floods (2 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. Will the minister outline to the house how the government is supporting...
    • Energy (10 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Has the government committed to deliver gas prices of $7 per gigajoule or less for Australian industry and households?
    • National Disability Insurance Scheme (2 speeches)
      I ask the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Minister for Government Services if he would update the House on the progress that the government is making in delivering...
    • Indigenous Affairs (4 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Will the Prime Minister work with me to advance the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution in a way...
    • Mental Health (3 speeches)
      My question goes to the Minister for Health. Would the minister please outline to the House what this government is doing to address the tragedies in relation to youth suicide, mental health and...
    • Water (9 speeches)
      My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Given the severity of the drought, what is the Morrison government doing to address international speculators in the water market pushing up the...
    • Commonwealth Integrity Commission (7 speeches)
      My question is to the Attorney-General. A March 2019 poll by The Australia Institute found that 80 per cent of Australians support the establishment of a federal integrity commission to prevent,...
    • Economy (15 speeches)
      My question is again addressed to the Prime Minister. Why has the national economy fallen from the eighth-fastest growing economy in the OECD when they were elected in 2013 to the 20th today?
    • Defence Personnel (3 speeches)
      My question is to the Minister for Veterans' Affairs and defence personnel. Will the minister update the House on steps the government is taking to prevent suicide and improve mental health of...
  • Statements on Indulgence (0 speeches)
    • Sigley, Mr Alek (1 speech)
      As an update, I can inform the House that Alek Sigley is now safely in the Australian embassy in Beijing. I understand that his father will soon be able to speak to him and I can only imagine the...
  • Documents (0 speeches)
    • Presentation (1 speech)
      Documents are tabled in accordance with the list circulated to honourable members earlier today. Full details of the documents will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings.
  • Committees (0 speeches)
    • Government Response (1 speech)
      I publish a schedule of the status of government responses to committee reports as at 30 June 2019. Copies of the schedule are being made available to honourable members and will be incorporated...
  • Documents (0 speeches)
    • Commonwealth Ombudsman; Presentation (1 speech)
      I present the reports for 2017-18 on the Commonwealth Ombudsman's activities under part 5 of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979.
  • Auditor-General's Reports (0 speeches)
  • Statements on Indulgence (0 speeches)
    • Dowd, Ms Anne (3 speeches)
      If I make take that opportunity to say a few words about Anne Dowd, who was in the advisers box in the chamber this afternoon. I would like to pass on my thanks and that of the government to Anne...
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Leave of Absence (1 speech)
      I move: That leave of absence from the determination of this sitting until 13 October 2019 be given to the honourable member for Kingston for parental leave purposes. Question agreed to.
  • Matters of Public Importance (0 speeches)
    • Indigenous Affairs (12 speeches)
      I have received a letter from the honourable member for Barton proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely: The importance of improving...
  • Business (0 speeches)
    • Days and Hours of Meeting (5 speeches)
      Mr Speaker, as you are aware, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Relief So Working Australians Keep More Of Their Money) Bill moved through this House on Tuesday—
  • Adjournment (0 speeches)
    • (1 speech)
      With tax relief now secured for all hardworking Australians, I move: That the House do now adjourn. Question agreed to. House adjourned at 19:32