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Harmony Cup Speech

13:47, 27/03/2018: On Saturday I participated in the sixth annual Harmony Cup at Eastwood Oval. This soccer tournament is organised each year by the Australian Asian Association of Bennelong to coincide with Harmony Day. It’s a wonderful event that brings our diverse and multicultural community together through sport. Despite being a warm day, there was some […]

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International Womens Day Speech

11:06, 26/03/2018: Thank you to the member for Newcastle for calling for this debate today. International Women’s Day is perhaps the most important issue day in the calendar. Women are half of our population, but not half of this parliament and not half of most workplaces. They aren’t equal to men in pay and, devastatingly, […]

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Gold Coast Commonwelath Games Speech

18:02, 26/03/2018: I hope I can match that passion. I’m very grateful to speak today about the Commonwealth Games and the wonderful opportunity they present for people across the Commonwealth to come together and celebrate the best our sports men and women have to offer. This year’s game will be held on the Gold Coast, […]

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Leukaemia Foundation Speech

16:15, 27/02/2018: During October and November last year, I embarked on a 100-kay walk around Bennelong. Along the way I played table tennis with schoolkids, had coffee at local shops, talked tennis with the residents of aged-care villages and said hi to everyone I met as I walked down their streets. It was all for […]

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Influenza Vaccine Speech

13:34, 27/02/2018: Sadly, winter is just around the corner, and that means the flu season isn’t far away either, so I’m very proud to report that one of the many innovative companies based in Bennelong, Sanofi, has created the high-dose vaccine which the government is providing free to those over 65—praise the Lord! What is […]

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Lunar New Year Speech

10:58, 26/02/2018: We are halfway through celebrating the Lunar New Year, or the Chinese New Year, depending on which side of the railway line you are on in Eastwood. We started on the previous weekend with a celebration of the 10th anniversary and a fabulous cooking competition. You have to have won the competition to […]

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International Mother Language Day Speech

18:03, 12/02/2018: Thank you, Member for Kingsford Smith, for raising this important subject. I’ll confess my ignorance; I didn’t know that 21 February was International Mother Language Day. However, now that I do, I am happy to support this good cause as one that is very important to my electorate. One of the greatest features […]

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Federation Chamber – Order of Australia response

17:52, 12/02/2018: Thank you to my colleague the member for Berowra for raising this important topic. One of the greatest parts of Australia Day is the opportunity it gives us to recognise those in our community who often go unnoticed. There are thousands of such heroes across our country and dozens in Bennelong. Many remain […]

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Matters of Public Importance – Charities speech

16:19, 8/02/2018: Thank you to the opposition for raising this important issue. I don’t get enough time to talk about charities in this chamber. They fulfil a vital role in our society and in our communities, helping everyone when they need a hand. I work very closely with a large number of charities, both local […]

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Australia Day Awards Speech

16:40, 5/02/2018: Australia Day is a time for us to recognise many of the vital people at the heart of our community who set a fine example for us all to follow. I would like to mention two of these people here today: Ken Bock of Carlingford and Sam Mugavero of Ermington, who were both […]

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