Appropriation Bill (No. 1 and No.2 ) 2016-2017

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (17:10): I rise to speak on the appropriation bills: Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017, Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2016-2017 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2016-2017. I should say up-front that these appropriation bills are not controversial inasmuch as they provide for the continued functioning of the Turnbull government for the remainder of this financial year. Obviously, the Labor Party will not block supply. We have always been very clear about that. There has only ever been one political party that has blocked supply for political purposes, and I think Australia condemns the Fraser government for so doing. However, I should point out that Labor does not agree with the way the Turnbull government is going about or attempting to go about budget repair. Nevertheless, the Labor Party, under the guidance of Chris Bowen, is working constructively with the government to achieve budget repair that is fair.

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Address-in-Reply

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:20): I go on the record in this, my address-in-reply and congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker Coulton, on your elevation. I have had nothing but good dealings with you over the years. I somehow wish the elevation had been a little higher but I do congratulate you.

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Speech on Runcorn State High School, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (12:06): Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker Georganas. It is always good to speak before you, and welcome back to this wonderful place.

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Statute Law Revision (Spring 2016) Bill 2016

Opposition Whip) (16:00): I rise to speak on the Statute Law Revision (Spring 2016) Bill 2016. What an exciting time to be alive—no wonder the public gallery is packed out for this piece of legislation.

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Doorstop, Parliament House, Canberra

Subject/s: Marriage equality plebiscite; Pauline Hanson

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Speech on WAMCI citizenship ceremony, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:36): I recognise that one of the best parts of this job is being involved in a citizenship ceremony. On Saturday, 27 August, at 10 am—not at 9.59 at night at 10.01—the World Arts and Multi-Culture Incorporated hosted a citizenship ceremony at the Comfort Inn and Suites at Robertson Gardens.

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Speech on Yeronga Meals on Wheels, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:27): On Thursday, 8 September, something momentous happened in my electorate: we said goodbye to a legend. At the AGM for the Yeronga Meals on Wheels, the president of nine years, Audrey Wise, stepped down after great service to a wonderful support for my community.

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Speech on CresWalk 2016, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:05): On Sunday 4 December, Father's Day, I went along with my son, Stanley, and a couple of his friends to participate in the Crescents of Brisbane walk on the banks of the Brisbane River. CresWalk, which is a walk organised by one of the Islamic communities in Brisbane, is about communities reaching out, doing some exercise and having fun.

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Speech on Tarragindi Community BBQ, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:02): Yesterday I attended a community barbecue organised by the Annerley branch of the Australian Labor Party with the member for Griffith, Terri Butler, the Minister for Energy, the Hon. Mark Bailey, and also Councillor Steve Griffiths, and we were also joined by the Tarragindi Residents' Alliance.

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Speech on Mid-Autumn Festival, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (10:42): As a member representing a strong multicultural community, I wish everyone here Zhongqiujie kuaile, which is Mandarin for 'happy Mid-Autumn Festival'.

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