Lower taxes. Smaller Government. Greater Freedom.
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has resolved to continue its oversight of the Australian Electoral Commission and other related electoral matters, launching the Australian Electoral Commission Annual Report 2017-18. In the first instance this will...read more
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has released its report into the 2016 Federal Election, referred to the Committee on 21 September 2016. Having received 228 submissions and hearing evidence from a range of witnesses, including government agencies,...read more
I move: That the Senate— (a) recognises the hardships faced by rural and remote towns in Queensland, which range from the physical threats of harsh droughts and bushfires, to the mental health threats associated with isolation such as depression and loneliness; (b)...read more
I move: That the Senate— (a) recognises: (i) the crucial role that all firefighting and emergency service personnel play as the front-line response to emergencies and disasters, (ii) the heroic efforts of the many volunteer firefighters who, without payment, risk...read more
Elections Matter For candidates, political parties and the voting public, elections are a contest of ideas, of values and of the future we want to see in Australia. The role of the Electoral Matters Committee in assessing elections is part of assuring Parliament, and...read more
I move: That the Senate— (a) recognises: (i) the Liberal-National Coalition Government's enduring support for investment in Central and North Queensland, (ii) the Liberal-National Coalition Government's unmatched support for the creation of jobs and new opportunities...read more
I, and also on behalf of Senator Stoker, move: That the Senate— (a) notes: (i) Lady Phyllis Cilento's long and dedicated career as an obstetrician, paediatrician, author, columnist, ABC broadcaster and women's activist, (ii) her lifelong passion for women and...read more
I rise this evening to speak about the legacy of a remarkable woman, Lady Phyllis Cilento. Lady Cilento belonged to one of Australia's most prominent families. She had a long history of public service. She was a household name in Brisbane—indeed, across Queensland—for...read more
I move: That the Senate— (a) notes the importance of the tourism industry to the Queensland economy, the key role that the North Queensland region plays in attracting tourists to the Sunshine State, and recognises the Liberal National Coalition Government's $5 million...read more
We are blessed in so many ways in my home state of Queensland. It's a great big state, a vast expanse of a state. It has a cornucopia of marvels across it. We are the Sunshine state. We are where tourists go. I don't believe there is a better state in this great...read more
Maiden Speech14 July 2014
The ying to the yang of low tax is small government—government that trusts people to make their own decisions. In Australia today the growth and centralisation of government at a federal level is a clear and present danger to our Federation and to the individual.
Originally from the Sunshine Coast, James spent his childhood across regional Queensland.
James completed undergraduate studies in commerce and law at Griffith University. He later completed postgraduate studies in law at the Queensland University of Technology.
Prior to entering the Senate, James worked in Australia and overseas in various roles, including law, campaigns, public policy, and politics.
James was elected as a Senator for Queensland in 2013, taking up his position on 1 July 2014. His office is based in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.