Visiting me in Canberra
If your school is heading to Canberra during a sitting week, I would love the opportunity to meet with them and say hello. Please see here for how to book.
The Senate is one of the two houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. It consists of 76 senators, twelve from each of the six states and two from each of the mainland territories.
Senate Estimates – Fair Work Ombudsman
4 March 2020
Industrial relations is a confusing labyrinth of law for many business owners. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a small business helpline to provide workplace advice on managing your employees and meeting your employer obligations. Call 13 13 94 or click here for more info.
In order to give small business greater confidence to employ Australians, I intend to push for safe harbour rules that protects them from penalties if they follow the advice provided to them by Fair Work.
2 March 2020
In Senate Estimates I questioned the Australian Rail Track Corporation about who is responsible for managing the Inland Rail corridors. Since federation, railways have always been owned by state government. Likewise the corridors that they sit on are owned by state government.
The Queensland Labor Government has asked that the inland rail corridor go from Gowrie to Kagaru. This has effectively meant that instead of going through Goondiwindi to Warwick to Kagaru, the track will have to cross the Condamine floodplain and the Lockyer Valley. It will also add another 70km to the distance – increasing the cost of the build and time it takes to get to Brisbane.
Bureau of Meteorology
2 March 2020
In Senate Estimates I asked the Bureau of Meteorology if it agreed that the homogenisation of Australia’s mean temperature data has effectively increased the rate of warming by more than 50% since 1910. The BOM failed to answer this question.
I then asked the BOM to state its accepted margin of error or tolerance level for the original (raw) dataset. Again the BOM failed to answer the question, despite asking the same question more than three times.
12 February 2020
The Federation isn’t working. It’s time to hold a constitutional convention to re-establish clear lines of responsibility for federal and state governments.
Heart of Australia
28 November 2019
Heart of Australia provides much needed cardiology and other health support to rural and remote areas of Queensland. Remote and very remote areas of Australia have heart disease hospitalisation and death rates 30% higher than in major cities. Heart of Australia is breaking the tyranny of distance that denies rural and remote-area Australians access to services when and where they are needed most.
To find out more or to support Heart of Australia, visit www.heartofaustralia.com
11 November 2019
Queensland dairy farmers are the highest paid producers in the country receiving $7.84 per kilo of milk solids, almost $2 more than Victorian farmers who receive $5.87 per kilo.
A floor price would slash Queensland dairy farmers margins. If set by the state, processors would buy milk from the cheapest producing state which isn’t Queensland.
The Coalition Government is introducing a dairy mandatory code of conduct that will stop processors from unilaterally changing contracts and allow dairy farmers to collectively bargain and if necessary arbitrate with processors.
Power and Health are State Issues
16 October 2019
The Labor Party tried to claim via a MPI that the Coalition Government has no plan to tackle increasing electricity and health care prices.
I reminded them that power and health are state issues and that Palaszczuk and Trad have made the problem worse back home in Queensland by gouging an extra $269 million in power prices in 2018.
10 September 2019
I gave my maiden speech in front of family, friends and colleagues. I thank all those who made the long journey down to Canberra to share in this special occasion.
No Green Tape
16 September 2019
The last thing our farmers need is more Green Tape. I spoke on the Queensland Government’s Bill in the Senate, prior to it passing through State Parliament.