Year of the Rooster

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (10:37): Gong xi fa cai. As you well know, the Chinese diaspora in Moreton, and across Australia in fact, has been celebrating Lunar New Year for a few weeks—dancing lions, fireworks, great food and family and friends coming together.

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Education, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (15:42): Thank you for that protection, Deputy Speaker. Education is the great enabler in our society. In fact, it is the antithesis of those snobs who peddle the 'know your place' sort of line, because education lets you move through society by being given greater opportunity. I do not say that as poor white trash from the bush raised by a single mum; I am actually going to back it up with a quote from some author called Andrew Leigh. In his book Battlers & billionaires—a great book—he quotes some Harvard academics who say:

… we should think of inequality as a race between technology and education. In eras when technological advances outpace schooling attainment, the gap between rich and poor widens. But in times when the quantity and quality of education increases, so too does equality.

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Zombie Divorce Tax lives on

On top of the cruel cuts to family benefits announced this week comes another shock – the independent Parliamentary Budget Office’s latest unlegislated measures update has confirmed the government’s plans to implement its “divorce tax”, which targets families going through painful separations.

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Moreton Australia Day Awards, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (19:40): The Moreton Australia Day Awards have become a proud feature of the south side of Brisbane's community calendar for nearly a decade. We had a wonderful ceremony on Australia Day, held for the first time at the Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre. These awards are all about celebrating the spirit of volunteerism in our community—sadly, something that we do not see as much of as we would like and as much as Australia needs.

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Centrelink Debt Recovery, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (Moreton—Opposition Whip) (13:45): I rise, like many other MPs, to inform the House about the frustration being felt in my electorate by people who have been sent Centrelink debt recovery notices. 

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As Cory's left the Tories we should stop this distressing and divisive Inquiry

If the reason that the Joint Committee on Human Rights was asked to inquire into freedom of speech in Australia was simply to appease Senator Cory Bernardi, then it seems this has been an expensive exercise for naught.  Prime Minister Turnbull should show some leadership and ask the Parliament to abandon this inquiry now that Corey Bernardi has left the Liberal Party. 

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Any changes to 18C will have dangerous consequences

The Inquiry into Freedom of Speech in Australia sat in Hobart today and heard evidence from a range of stakeholders including Equal Opportunity Tasmania,  Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the University of Tasmania.

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Moreton Australia Day Address 2017

Thank you Lewis Lee for your introduction.

I would also like to thank the traditional owners of the land on which we gather and pay our respects to their elders past and present.

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Celebrating Local Legends

Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, will hold the nineth annual Moreton Australia Day Awards this Thursday.

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Schools, Parliament House

Mr PERRETT (MoretonOpposition Whip) (16:09): I was 19 years old when I finished my teaching degree and went off to teach in country Queensland. In fact, I know how long 19 years is because 19 years ago today I finished my last day of teaching.

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