Fiji Fundraising Dinner

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 8 June 2016 I would like to speak this evening about an event that I attended at the end of May organised by the Fiji Australia Association and the Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT to raise funds to help rebuild Fiji following the devastation caused by […]

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Tribute to Perlita Swinbank

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 7 June 2016 I rise this afternoon to speak about a remarkable Canberran, the late Perlita Swinbank. Perlita was a woman of substance. Perlita served more than four terms in the Filipino Communities Council of Australia, FILCCA. She was the state representative as FCCACT president for two terms, for […]

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Manuka Oval Redevelopment

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 5 May 2016 The Canberra Liberals welcome this discussion about the Manuka green unsolicited proposal. It is good to be chatting about this in the open. I think much of the heightened interest about this proposal has come about due to an actual or perceived idea that too much […]

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Canberra Sri Lankan Community

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 17 February 2016 I rise this evening to talk about the ongoing food fairs organised by Canberra’s Sri Lankan community. On the third Saturday of each month the Sri Lankan Buddhist community in Canberra organise two food fairs around Canberra. The fairs are held respectively in the north of […]

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Cranleigh School Art Show

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 28 October 2015 I rise today to again place on the record my congratulations to the staff, families, children and friends of the Cranleigh School. Cranleigh is a wonderful caring community located in Holt and serves all of north Canberra. The school provides educational programs for children from three […]

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Motion on perpetual taxi plates

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 28 October 2015 (Note: the full debate can be found in Hansard) MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.04): I move: That this Assembly calls on the ACT Government to respond to the devaluation of perpetual taxi plates brought about by the Government’s ride share policy. My motion today is simple but […]

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Opposition on Mr Fluffy Variation (DV343)

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 27 October 2015 Madam Speaker, I too rise to speak on the report into variation 343. Firstly, I would like to thank the committee members and the secretary, Mr Hamish Finlay. I would also like to thank the other people in the committee office, the attendants and the Hansard […]

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Belconnen RSL Sub-Branch

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 24 September 2015 I rise this afternoon to talk about the Belconnen sub-branch of the RSL. On Tuesday, 25 August I had the pleasure of attending the dedication of a plaque commemorating World War I enlistees from the Belconnen region. The plaque is a joint venture between the RSL […]

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Hall School Museum

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 23 September 2015 I rise this evening to speak about the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre. The Hall school museum is located in the village of Hall, close to the ACT-New South Wales border near the Barton Highway. Hall was named after Henry Hall, the owner of the […]

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Brindabella Christian College

Speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly 22 September 2015 I rise this afternoon to speak about Brindabella Christian College, particularly the Charnwood campus. The college was formerly called O’Connor Christian School, and it has been providing a holistic approach to education based on Christian values for over 30 years. The school commenced in 1980 with […]

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