As the Prime Minister's representative for Queensland's candidature for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I am happy to report that our pursuit is progressing - and progressing well. As such, it is timely that we reflect on why hosting the games in 2032 is in our National Interest. The 2032 games do not represent two weeks of a sporting spectacular as much as it represents two decades of legacy. A legacy in the lead up to the games, and a legacy after the games.
RAIL UNITY TICKETTue, 16 February 2021 12:00 am
Ted urges his political counterparts, business leaders and the community to join him to fight for better rail services for Nambour.
TED O’BRIEN CALLS FOR RAIL DUPLICATION TO NAMBOURTue, 16 February 2021 12:00 am
Ted calls on all political parties, business leaders and the community to back his calls for rail duplication to Nambour.
TED O’BRIEN THANKS LOCAL SCHOOL PRINCIPALS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIPMon, 15 February 2021 12:00 am
I want to pay tribute today to school principals, who play an instrumental role in ensuring local resilience through this pandemic.
TACKLING THE FERAL CAT PANDEMICThu, 4 February 2021 12:00 am
Tackling the Feral Cat Pandemic - A Plan to Save Australia's Wildlife The Standing Committee on Environment and Energy, Chaired by Ted O'Brien MP, delivered its report into the problem of feral and domestic cats in Australia. Read the Committee's full report here - https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Environment_and_Energy/Feralanddomesticcats/Report
ENABLING AUSTRALIAN MANUFACTURERS TO SCALEThu, 4 February 2021 2:00 am
I recently raised a critically important topic during question time, with the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology the Hon. Karen Andrews MP. "What the Government is doing to support Australian manufacturers?" As an example of the great work that is being done by the Morrison Government, the Minister mentioned the recent announcement of $1 million for Coolum based manufacturer Naturo Milk.
With the help of $1 million in funding through the Accelerating Commercialisation grant Naturo Milk will have the opportunity to scale their business and take their world-first technology to market sooner.
This innovative local business has created a world-leading product which extends the expiry date for fresh milk to over 60 days. Naturo are among nine Australian businesses sharing in $4.4 million in matched grant funding to expand their operations.
Learn more here: http://bit.ly/36Bwj1r
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANGELIQUE HATCHETT – SUNSHINE COAST’S YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR.Thu, 4 February 2021 1:45 pm
Congratulations to Angelique Hatchett - Sunshine Coast's Young Citizen of the Year.
THE YEAR THAT WAS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
Thu, 10/12/2020 - 13:50
The year 2020 is coming to an end. As years go, this one has been an absolute shocker. A global pandemic hit. Lives were lost and livelihoods were shattered. It took a toll on businesses, families, schools and organisations. For those of us who have the privilege to serve, we see the best of it and we see the worst.
AUSTRALIA – CHINA RELATIONS
Wed, 09/12/2020 - 09:36
The Australia-China relationship is under strain. As we tackle the challenges that lie ahead, it is important we do so from a position of strength. A part of that strength is our unity as a nation—unity that we require on three fronts.
1. Politically, the Liberal-National government and the Labor opposition should be as one when it comes to addressing the China question.
2. Unity between government and business.
3. Unity among the Australian people—in particular, with the Chinese-Australian community.
ONLINE CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Wed, 09/12/2020 - 09:38
Today I attended a briefing from the Australian Federal Police which was disturbing and confronting.
It was on the issue of online child sexual exploitation.
We all have a role to play to keep our kids safe online and the AFP have resources to help parents address this daunting task - go to ThinkUKnow.org.au or download my handy checklist below.
Mon, 07/12/2020 - 17:11
At a time when participation in civil society has fallen dramatically in Australia due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s great to see that our Men’s Sheds are booming and playing a crucial role in supporting the mental health and well-being of our menfolk.
OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPICS GAMES
Wed, 02/12/2020 - 13:50
All of us have some sort of love of the Olympics. For some, it's the extravaganza of the event; for others, it's the great feats of human athleticism. But we are interested in hosting the Games in 2032 not just because of two weeks of a sporting spectacular but because it offers two decades of benefits and opportunities - a decade in the lead-up to the games and a decade after. DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020
Wed, 11/11/2020 - 11:09
In addressing Parliament on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2020, I shared a story about one of my great uncles - Private William O’Brien (known as “Dinkum” to his mates) – who was killed in the Great War. So many Australian families have similar tragic stories to tell about loved ones who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy ours. Lest we forget.
AUSTRALIA’S FOREIGN RELATIONS (STATE AND TERRITORY ARRANGEMENTS) BILL 2020
Tue, 10/11/2020 - 18:18
I think what we all know is that we are amidst a period of unprecedented uncertainty for those of us living today. That was the case before COVID-19. COVID-19 hit, and all of the complexities of the international political economy were accentuated. And here we are today. There is a need for us to do what nations do with foreign policy—that is, have an outward expression of who we are as a nation, of what we believe in. And what we believe in is best defined by what unites us.
WALK FOR DANIEL – DAY FOR DANIEL 2020
Thu, 29/10/2020 - 15:04
Today, 30 October 2020, Australians across the nation joined two Sunshine Coast parents to honour the memory of their precious child. By starting the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Bruce and Denise Morcombe have turned a tragedy into a message of hope. Their tireless work to keep Australian children safe from harm is truly inspiring. It was an honour to attend this morning's walk to kick-start the 2020 #DayforDaniel.
Mon, 26/10/2020 - 10:36
I rise today to pay tribute to young Australians, in particular, young Australians in the seat of Fairfax on the Sunshine Coast. We've all been hit by the COVID-19 in many different ways and Youth Unemployment rates on the Sunshine Coast is now 15.9%.
But beyond Government doing it's bit, beyond young people doing their bit, beyond businesses trying to employ, I want to encourage young people to have a go at starting their own businesses.
$12 BILLION BLACKHOLE IN QUEENSLAND’S INFRASTRUCTURE SPEND
Thu, 22/10/2020 - 16:27
An independent analysis by the Federal Parliamentary Budget Office has uncovered irrefutable evidence which proves that the Queensland Government is spending half as much on infrastructure compared to the governments of New South Wales and Victoria.
SUNSHINE COAST COMMUNITY GROUPS
Wed, 21/10/2020 - 12:39
I had a great time recently, throwing the footy around at the Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club after donating a marquee in recognition of the important role the Club plays in our local community.
Donating a marquee is only a small gesture, but it’s one that I’ve been happy to make to organisations including:
2020 BUDGET FOR THE SUNSHINE COAST
Wed, 07/10/2020 - 13:17
The 2020-21 Federal Budget was handed down on the 6th of October 2020 and sends a clear message to all Australians that the Federal Government has their back as we embark on a job-led economic recovery.
A variety of unprecedented support measures were announced that will directly assist Sunshine Coast families, businesses, seniors, students and young people as the community digs deep and gets back to work.
This video clip shows Ted O’Brien MP address the House of Representatives on the 7th of October 2020 on how the Budget might benefit the Sunshine Coast.
Thu, 03/09/2020 - 08:35
The Federal Government’s extension and expansion of the JobKeeper program has been passed through Parliament to ensure that we can continue supporting businesses, employees and families through these incredibly difficult times.
While the JobKeeper payment rate will be reduced from the 28th of September, eligible businesses will now be able to have clarity and confidence that crucial JobKeeper support payments of some capacity will continue to be paid up until 28 March 2021.