Second Reading – Higher Education Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

In my maiden speech, I made a commitment to introduce a private senator’s bill to abolish the student services and amenities fee. This bill would deliver on that commitment by repealing the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities)...

Lady Phyllis Cilento

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...

Outback Queensland Tourism & Shark Attacks

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...

Mrs Joyce Newton OAM

There is a small town up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. It’s on the slopes and the hills of the Blackall Range. It’s guarded to the south by the Glass House Mountains. It’s called Maleny. It’s one of those changing rural towns. Forty years...

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters – Report

I present the second advisory report of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters on the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, and I move: That the Senate take note of the report. The government approached the...

Turnbull Government

I would like to pay tribute to Senator Cormann for calling out Labor on its policy position. Senator Cormann is someone—and people in this chamber may not know this—who, when the Berlin Wall was falling, drove with some university friends across to Berlin to watch the...