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Coronavirus

20 May 2020 – The following is an extract from my speech, delivered on Tuesday 20 May, 2020. Tonight, I’ll give a personal reflection on how the Queensland response to Coronavirus is progressing. Presently, we have 1,058 cases, 6 lives taken tragically. It could have been far worse. I remember the early predictions. They were not pretty. I want to …

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Electricity Prices

12 June 2019 – The following is an extract from my speech, delivered on Tuesday 11 June, 2019. The Palaszczuk government knows that every dollar counts when it comes to the cost of living. I am pleased to advise the House that in regional Queensland electricity prices are heading the same way as the Blues in this year’s State of …

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Capital works budget for electricity network

2 May 2019 – The following is an extract from my speech, delivered on Wednesday 1 May, 2019. Queensland’s publicly owned electricity assets are investing billions of dollars in new and improved capital works, supporting thousands of jobs from the Far North to the southern Gold Coast. I am pleased to announce a $28 million project to upgrade the substation …

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Ergon and Energex apprentices

29 March, 2019 – The following is an extract from my speech, delivered on Thursday 28 March, 2019. Across Queensland this week 102 Ergon and Energex apprentices are on the tools in their home depots after completing their classroom inductions. They are starting careers in a world-class electricity distribution network at 46 different locations across Queensland—from Thursday Island, out to …

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Congratulations to our local sporting clubs

3 October, 2018 – The following is an extract from my speech, delivered on Tuesday 18 September, 2018. I rise to congratulate many local sporting clubs in my electorate of Stafford that recently achieved finals success. Every winter thousands of people participate in a variety of sports—football, AFL, netball, hockey, Rugby League and union. There are so many clubs and …

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Alcohol trading hours

28 January 2016 – It’s a doctor’s dream: discovering a simple tool that will reduce disease or injury by 30 per cent. We have that tool, and it is at hand: reducing the length of time that alcohol can be consumed in our pubs and clubs. I have no more effective tool in my medical bag to reduce harm to …

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Speech to Parliament. 2 November 2016 – Centacare and HAND

With Pam and Lincoln at the Centacare HAND Awards 2 November 2016 – I rise to speak on the great work Centacare and HAND are doing in the Stafford community through their work in support of locals living with a disability. HAND is a non-for-profit organisation based in Wilston which is focused on supporting people with disability by enhancing their …

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Speech to Parliament 18 February 2016 – Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill

19 February 2016 – This week State Parliament debated the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled Violence Legislation Amendment Bill. After a very long road campaigning against alcohol-fuelled violence I am pleased and relieved to see this Bill pass. I feel privileged to have been able to help bring about these changes to our laws. My belief when I entered politics was that I could help make a difference – this belief was …

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Speech to Parliament 14 October 2015

15 September 2015 – I recently passed the one year anniversary of my election to Queensland’s Parliament by the people of Stafford. It has been a hugely challenging and exciting 15 months. Below is a copy of a speech I delivered in Queensland’s Parliament this week – in the speech I talk about our local community, entering politics, and some of what …

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Not now, not ever report – speech to parliament 18 September 2015

18 September 2015 – Earlier this week I gave a speech in the Queensland Parliament about personal violence and the Not Now, Not Ever Report. Please find a transcript of the speech below. For 20 years before I entered this Parliament, I spent my days repairing the broken and battered survivors of personal violence, including domestic violence. I recall the …

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First speech to Queensland Parliament 7 August 2014

7 August 2014 – Below is a copy of my first speech in Queensland’s Legislative Assembly after being elected in the Stafford by election on 19 July 2014. MEMBER’S STATEMENT Member for Stafford, First Speech Dr LYNHAM (Stafford—ALP) (11.20 am): I acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of this land on which this parliament meets. It is an immense honour …

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