Economic responsibility

The modern Labor Party throws away other people’s money like drunken, horny sailors on shore leave.

The LNP believes in spending people’s money sensibly, ensuring taxes are as low as possible, and services are delivered properly.

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Australian Flag

I wish tonight to talk about the Australian flag. On 3 September 114 years ago, a bit of cloth—a blue flag, our flag—11 metres long and five and a half metres wide was raised for the first time from the main dome of the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, then the home of our Commonwealth parliament. Whether on the battlefield or sporting grounds or diplomatic posts or schools or homes—just like mine on the Sunshine Coast—right across this country, the Australian flag, that blue flag of stars and crosses, has come to symbolise our young Federation and the values for which we stand.

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Public Health Policy: Tobacco and Alcohol

I wish to speak this afternoon on the evils that pertain to the nanny state. In the eternal war against the Left, our opponents take many forms—unwashed student socialists on campus, latte-sipping hipsters in trendy inner-city hangouts, bureaucrats, leftie journalists, and Labor and Green politicians in their ivory towers of condescension. The one thing they all have in common is their hostility towards the fundamental principles that we fight for as warriors of freedom: the liberty of the individual, a free market, small government and low taxes. As I have said before in this place, the simple statement by the Irish politician and freedom fighter in the middle of the Second World War, James Dillon, that 'democracy, freedom and liberty must always be defended' rings loud as a battle cry for those of us who stand for this axis of enlightenment.

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Vale Land Rover

After 67 years of continuous production, the mighty Land Rover​ will cease production at the end of the year due to onerous green tape. The nanny-staters and crypto-communists in the European Union have killed this mighty British icon.

Vale Land Rover. We shall never see your like again.

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Royal Commission into Trade Unions (MPI)

Labor don’t like the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. That’s because the Royal Commission is shining a light on the dodgy practices of Labor’s union paymasters.

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Building and Construction Industry Bill - Speech to the Senate

It is a pleasure to be able to continue my remarks in relation to the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 and related bill. I believe there is a pressing need to fix the current legislation: to re-establish the ABCC so as to re-establish meaningful penalties that can actually deter people considering compliance with the law as optional and stop them from repeatedly breaking the law as it suits them; to re-establish an effective building code to ensure contractors that want to do taxpayer funded work strictly meet all of their legal obligations, including laws dealing with worker entitlements, workplace safety and migration laws; to ensure antiquated practices that only add cost and delay are avoided on taxpayer funded projects; and to remove the absurd restriction on the regulator's ability to enforce the law in the public interest where parties reach a private settlement in their own commercial interests. This is a Labor and Greens imposed restriction that does not apply to any other Commonwealth regulator.

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Questions regarding Indigenous Business

Senator McGRATH: My question is to the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion. Will the minister advise the Senate how the government is supporting the economic development of Indigenous businesses?

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Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015

Senator McGRATH: It gives me great pleasure to rise this morning to speak on the Freedom of Information Amendment (Requests and Reasons) Bill 2015. This bill amends the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to require government agencies and ministers to publish the exact wording of freedom of information requests.

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National Security: Citizenship

Senator McGRATH: I, too, would like to take note of the answers given by Senator Brandis to questions from Senators Wong, Collins and O'Neill. The answer given to especially Senator O'Neill's question comes down to what we are doing on border security.

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Free Trade Agreements

Senator McGRATH: My question is to the Minister for Human Services, Senator Payne, representing the Minister for Trade and Investment. Can the minister inform the Senate of the successful conclusion of the historic free trade agreement with China today? What benefits will this free trade agreement bring to Australia?

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