Speech on Painting for Pleasure art group, Parliament House

On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the St David's Neighbourhood Centre's display, the Painting for Pleasure art group's art show, held at the Corner Cafe in Coopers Plains. I think it was staged for free in the community room, and so I thank the Corner Cafe.

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Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016

I rise to speak on the Income Tax Rates Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Bill 2016. This bill places a new tax on the wages of foreign backpackers when they are in Australia on a working holiday. This was a measure announced by the government in the 2015 budget. In that announcement, the Abbott government proposed a 32.5 per cent tax on backpackers.

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Dyslexia Empowerment Week

During Dyslexia Empowerment Week in Australia, I am proud to rise to speak on the motion put forward by my good friend the member for Wakefield. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about dyslexia and to dispel some of the myths about this learning disorder that may affect as many as one in 10 Australians—hence the rise of the Light it Red for Dyslexia campaign.

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National Deaf Week

 I rise to speak on the motion by the member for Parramatta. I am very happy to speak about the National Week of Deaf People.

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Speech on Building and Construction Industry, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (18:50): Can I give a big hello to the Bowen Hills branch of the Australian Labor Party, who are listening in tonight. I know the members of the branch, like many other people, saw just over five months ago Prime Minister Turnbull invoke that rarely used power contained in section 5 of the Constitution when he asked the government Governor-General to recall parliament for an extra three sitting weeks, an extraordinary request. Other than for a general election, section 5 has only been invoked on four occasions since 1961—two were so the Queen could open new sessions of parliament, one was on the death of Prime Minister of Harold Holt and the fourth was an unusual situation when Prime Minister John Gorton did not have this government's program fully prepared for their first sitting after the 1969 election.

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National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (12:46): I too rise to speak on the National Cancer Screening Register Bill 2016. We all know how important screening for cancer is. More than 130,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Sadly, nearly 47,000 of these, our fellow Australians, will die from cancer. The risk of any of us being diagnosed with cancer is staggering. In 2016 the chance of a man being diagnosed with cancer by their 85th birthday is one in two—50 per cent—and for a woman it is one in three.

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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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