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Under this coalition government, the Australian economy has taken off like a rocket. Our national economy is growing faster than any G7 economy—including the US —and well above the OECD average of 2.5 per cent. But, unlike the heady days of the
mining boom, when all the talk was of a two-speed economy—mining and non-mining—our economic strength
today is broadly based, with no one sector doing all the heavy lifting.

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The Sunshine Coast will soon have Australia's fastest data link to Asia and second-fastest data link to the United States due to an international optic cable coming ashore by 2020, connecting here to Guam, Japan and the world. It will be the only optic cable outside of Sydney coming into Australia's east coast.

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A statement from Ted O'Brien MP on the Morrison - Frydenberg Federal Government.


The bill to which we refer today builds upon one of the most important networks of strategic and economic relationships that Australia has: our relationships with our closest neighbours, the nations and people of the South Pacific.

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Energy prices in Queensland are too high. The Queensland Government  has been more than happy to see poles and wires  charged to consumers at ridiculous, inflated prices. They've been more than happy to see the values of those assets maintained at a high level. The answer is to actually write down those assets.

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While the Battle of Long Tan recedes into an increasingly distant past, I'm confident that its memory will continue to stir the hearts of generations of Australians to come. To those who have served and those who continue to serve, we say a very big thank you and lest we forget.

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If the Queensland state government were to write down its network assets, or even half of them, it would have a material impact on electricity prices. But, when I raised the prospect last Friday, the idea copped a public rebuke from the Palaszczuk government as a thought-bubble not worthy of consideration. 

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The Turnbull government takes very seriously the role that a balanced and properly weighted tax system plays in sustaining not only fairness and justice but also a strong economy that not only underpins jobs but is also the means by which essential services are assured for millions of Australians.

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One year ago, I rose to add my voice to a growing chorus of voices warning of a slippery slope of political correctness and socialist virtue signalling. We are one year on from my first raising concerns about the slippery slope of political correctness, and it continues.

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The ATO and the Department of Home Affairs estimate that almost $600 million in tobacco duty was forgone in the 2015-16 financial year due to Australia's illicit tobacco trade. This bill involves giving Australian Border Force personnel improved tools for dealing what has proved to be a significant problem in prosecuting smugglers at the border under the current form of the Customs Act.

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The Coalition government believes in creating jobs. The Labor Party believes in taxing people. Labor's plan isn't to create jobs but to actually make people poorer.

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The Sunshine Coast Lightning did us proud by advancing to the Preliminary-finals of the National Netball League with their 1 point win over the Brisbane Firebirds! They now play the Sydney Giants at 1pm on Sunday 19 August for a spot in the Grand Final in Perth. Go Lightning!


I am pleased to present you with my 2017/18 Annual Report for Fairfax.

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This bill is part of a wider suite of targeted reforms under this government—reforms that safeguard and sustain Australia's huge $2.6 trillion superannuation sector. The reforms introduced into this parliament will improve the governance, transparency and accountability of superannuation funds, while additional reforms will protect Australians' hard-earned savings by ensuring that all workers get their superannuation guarantee entitlements on time and in full.

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What we see with the Australian National University's rejection of a new course on Western civilisation is symptomatic of a lack of leadership through other institutions when it comes to fostering those key values of our liberal democracy: freedom, equality, justice and so forth. Unless we have our key institutions fostering such values, then, indeed, our civilisation will decline. 

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