Thursday, 20 September 2007
Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007
I seek leave to have certain words incorporated into Hansard.
The document read as follows—
The built environment is critical for the long-term physical and mental health of our community. Crammed conditions with little space for children to play impinge on family disputes. It also ensures that obesity is an ever present concern. Poor eating and exercise habits developed early can cost the Commonwealth a bundle in later years as can all poor designing practices. State Governments refuse to carry the responsibility for the environments they create and this is a future role for the Commonwealth. In foreign relations our close neighbours particularly Papua New Guinea are of significance. When I was first elected the focus was on Europe and the USA. Now it is the Pacific Rim and the Middle East. We must build close bonds with our neighbours and intensify our friendly relationships.
I also wish to thank Comcar drivers, our transport officers and all who make it easier to efficiently fulfil our duties. The local Liberal Party; I want to thank everyone of those members who have been such wonderful help and support to me and in particular leaders of the Mitchell Federal Electoral Conference, Fred Caterson, Harold Cottee, Michael Richardson and Bernie Moriarty. They have been good friends, mentors and leaders. I wish to thank past staff members, and there have been many, but especially Beryl Gaydoul, Lois Davis, Betty Ingles, Joan Andrews, Roberta Bell, Geraldine Rath and Michael Paag. My current staff are wonderful and I thank Jan Cox, Ronie Quinn, Kath Knox and part-timers Wayne Hampson and Roberta Bell. My Western Sydney colleagues Jackie Kelly, Pat Farmer, Kerry Bartlett and Louise Markus are wonderful friends and colleagues. They are a terrific team to work with. I want to also thank those people who have been involved in the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum and the Hills Initiative or Excellence, two outstanding features of community activity in the electorate.