I recently asked the Treasurer when the government would release the year-by-year cost of each stage of their seven-year personal income tax scheme.
Unsurprisingly he didn't want to answer.
I was honoured to deliver the ANZAC Day Address at the Bulimba District RSL Sub Branch ceremony at Bulimba Memorial Park. You can read my speech below.
I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and I pay my respects to their elders past and present. Today I also pay my respects to the young indigenous men - around a thousand of them - who fought for the Commonwealth in the first world war, and those who have fought in every conflict following.
- Lieutenant Commander Marcello Quintieri, Executive Officer, HMAS Moreton
- Lieutenant Commander Craig Flynn, RANR
- Andrew Herbert, Former Member Australian Army 2001-2011, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan
- Di Farmer MP, State Member for Bulimba
- Councillor Kara Cook, Councillor for Morningside
- Mr Trevor Wheate, Secretary, Bulimba District RSL Sub-Branch
- Mr Brian Laing, Past President, Bulimba District RSL Sub-Branch
- South Eastern District RSL QLD Branch
- Reverend Sarah Leismann, Chaplain, Cannon Hill Anglican College
- The Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band.
- All serving and former members of the armed forces.
I am honoured to give the ANZAC Day address here in Bulimba.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance, where we come together as Australians to remember the sacrifice made by so many in our name.
In particular, we remember the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed on the beaches of Gallipoli on this day, 103 years ago.
We remember, yet cannot fully comprehend, what one would have felt that morning.
On the 25th April, young and far from home, propelled by a nation, the Anzacs approached a foreign shore.
Each year we commemorate their service at dawn, and use the sacredness of the half-light to reflect on the braveness of those men that morning.
We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And we remember all Australians who served and died in all conflicts, wars and operational service.
Those who have fallen on battlefields far from home, and those who made it home to their loved ones but bore injuries sustained serving their country.
We remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer from physical, mental and emotional injuries, sustained as a result of their service.
And we owe it to them and their families, to remember the terrible lessons of war and the pressing imperative for peace.Read more
It’s great to be here on the Gold Coast so soon after the Commonwealth Games - the largest sporting event to be held in Australia this decade.
The Games supported more than 30,000 jobs, and the sporting hopes and dreams of an entire nation. Hundreds of thousands of visitors came, and got to see our beautiful Gold Coast.
Three-time Paralympic gold medal winner and four-time World Champion Kurt Fearnley was denied the fairy-tale finish, but he increased in the nation’s estimation. We welcomed 70 visiting teams and fielded a squad of 473 athletes. The Games were spectacular.
Today, at SCOPE 18, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge how far your industry has come, to thank you for the work that your industry does to allow roadworks to progress while construction workers, pedestrians, motorists and others are kept safe, and to talk a little about the big picture.
Read the full speech below.Read more