Speeches

Watch Ted's view on the passing of the Medivac Bill.


City deal with South-East Queensland. There's no doubt that this government is already delivering enormously for South-East Queensland, but there's more to do. We have to ensure that we stay ahead of the population curve in one of the fastest-growing regions in the
country. We have to ensure that, while we respect each distinct community and their needs, from the Gold Coast
to the Sunny Coast and from Ipswich to Toowoomba, we also need to improve the connectivity across those
communities, across South-East Queensland.

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Australian SMEs are Australian small- and medium-sized enterprises. Most people in this chamber would agree that Australia is most likely the most successful liberal democracy in the world. A feature of our
liberal democracy is our embrace of free trade.

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"...This year the Australian people have a big decision to make. It is one of those years where they face a fork in the road. On the one hand they have the opportunity to stay with a strong government that's delivering a strong economy—and the jobs, the infrastructure and the guarantee of services that come with that strong government—or they can choose Labor..."

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This year the Australian people have a big decision to make. It is one of those years where they face a fork in the road. On the one hand they have the opportunity to stay with a strong government that's delivering a strong economy—and the jobs, the infrastructure and the guarantee of services that come with that strong government—or they can choose Labor.

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From my family to yours.....wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous start to 2019!

Please note that my office will be closed from 25 Dec and reopen on Wed 2 January.


With the national accounts released again today, we see the Australian economy is rock-solid and growing. The Labor party haven't got a clue when it comes to the economy. They never have had. They've never known how to manage an economy.

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 I rise in this Chamber today to talk about Jacob Mabb, a 21-year-old who passed away having incurred dreadful and, as it
turned out, terminal brain injuries after a motorcycle accident in Bali. 

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Blistering heatwave conditions continue across Queensland. For more than a week, temperatures have soared past 40 degrees in parts of the state, while hot, dry, westerly winds have blasted coastal districts. This situation, combined with tinder-dry vegetation, has created some of the most extreme—indeed, catastrophic—fire conditions recorded in the state of Queensland.

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If you want a sneak preview into how the Labor Party would manage its national energy policy, look no further than its comrades in Queensland and the horror story which is the Queensland energy sector. Most times when you talk about Labor and management, you could call it out for those two words almost being an oxymoron.

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In Queensland a quarterly bill is how much the average Queenslander is being ripped off on an annual basis. So Queenslanders, if you want to know how much the Queensland Labor Party are ripping you off through energy, look at your bill. Whatever your last quarterly bill was, that's how much you're getting ripped off every single year.

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As we all know, the Labor Party are more than happy to rip off everyday Australians. But they're not going to get away with it. No matter what immoral disregard they show for senior Australians, they will be fought every step of the way so that they do not come to this side of the House.

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The tragedy of Vietnam tore at Australia's social fabric, perhaps more than any conflict since the First World War, and damaged an entire generation of young Australians.  The Open Arms counselling service of today and the VVCS that preceded it is the enduring legacy of those veterans and is their gift to future generations of men and women who serve in the defence of our nation.

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As a nation, we stand as one on Remembrance Day. It was a pleasure to be at the unveiling of the Eternal Flame at the Cotton Tree Park Cenotaph - symbolising eternal life and the spirit of freedom - remembering those who lay down their lives to build the Australia of today. 


Ted formally moves the motion for a Royal Commission into aged care quality and safety in Parliament. I am indeed delighted to put my name to this motion and commend the government for its decisive action in calling a royal commission into aged care, the key objective of which is to help build a national culture of respect for ageing and older Australians.

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