Speeches

Speech
16 Mar 2021

Putting Women's Safety Above Politics

The safety of women in Parliament should be above politics. Recently I listened to the Leader of the Opposition express outrage at the treatment of women in politics and suggest that we all need to listen to what women are saying.  I ask the Leader of the Opposition: where was he and where was his predecessor and where were the senior Labor women when GetUp, Labor and the union supporters chased, harassed and screamed at me everywhere I went in the lead-up to the 2019 election? This can't be about politics anymore. We all bear the responsibility for change.

Speech
17 Feb 2021

Extinction Rebellion Vandalism

This week in Parliament I rose to once again call out the harassment and intimidation show towards myself and my staff by various groups on the left. In the 2019 election it was Labor, GetUp and the Unions. This time, it was Extinction Rebellion.

Speech
17 Feb 2021

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

We should and we will officially and eternally recognise 15 October as International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is our task, as elected representatives of the people of Australia, to address issues that are sensitive and difficult, and pregnancy and infant loss are certainly two of those issues. For generations, miscarriage and still birth have been considered a taboo topic. The incredible tragedy of losing a baby was compounded by society-wide silence that saw mothers and fathers and extended families forced to quietly cope with their grief. Not only were parents suffering the unimaginable pain of having a baby born still not supported after the loss; research into the reasons why and policy action to prevent others suffering this terrible tragedy was not forthcoming. Today, I again extend my deep sympathy and condolences to anyone who has experienced such loss.

Speech
15 Feb 2021

2021 Order of Australia Honours

Recently in Parliament I congratulated those in our local community of Boothby who had been awarded the Order of Australia this year on Australia Day. We are so lucky to have such dedicated and hardworking residents in our community.