"Where we Stand"
Address to the Workplace Relations Policy Forum,
Victorian Liberal Party State Council
Workplace relations in Australia has been front and centre in the media in recent months. From Craig Thomson to Asciano and from Qantas to George Calombaris – with the problems of the Fair Work Act coming to the surface.
I have no doubt that more problems will emerge in coming months.
What a pitiful contribution we have just witnessed from the Leader of the Australian Greens. He spoke about anything and everything but why he and the Australian Greens are going to contribute to this ruthless guillotining of 16 pieces of legislation. Senator Brown can talk and talk and talk as much as he likes, but he used all of his time without once seeking to justify why the democratic process of this chamber should be curtailed; why 16 bills should be guillotined and why some of those bills should be dealt with without a single word of debate being spoken. This is because, let us make no mistake, some of these bills will only have 10 minutes allocated to them.
That the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2012, as passed by the House of Representatives on 16 February 2012, be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 8 May 2012.
Address to the Young Liberal Movement Federal Convention, Sydney
Welcome to 2012: a year which promises to be even more difficult than the last.
A year in which the cost of living will increase even further due to the Carbon Tax.
A year in which the debt burden placed on the next generation will balloon to phenomenal proportions. Quite frankly, it is hard to see how Australia can endure another 12 months of Labor's seven deadly sins.
When people run out of a burning building it is the firefighters who run in to ensure the safety of the premises and the safety of individuals. They are willing to put their lives at risk for the sake of others and their property. They are people whom all Australians should salute. We in the coalition do so.
There is good, clear evidence that, in general terms, firefighters are healthier than the average punter when they begin their careers as firefighters. That is how we want them. In fact, that is how we need them, because of the physical tasks they are required to undertake. The sad fact is that once they come to the end of their careers as firefighters they are more likely than the rest of the community to suffer from a number of cancers. Health and fitness epidemiological studies, the study of people and their health and other matters—I will not go into the technical detail—indicate that, by all accounts, firefighters when they start their careers would be less likely than the average punter to contract various types of cancers but that at the end of their careers they are more likely to suffer cancers.
The ideology imbedded in the Australian Greens is the very antithesis of the force that has made our country and the West so dominant in world affairs - the envy of the world.
That force is a force for good.
It is the force that has given us our personal freedoms, our economic freedoms, our standard of living, our schools and our hospitals. It has given us our fundamental values system that every individual counts on.
Address to the Australian Industry Group PIR Conference, Canberra
From the aspirations of a student wanting to earn money after school through to the ongoing viability of Australia's icon, Qantas – the workplace relations agenda has been a busy one in 2011 and promises to be even busier in 2012.
From dealing with the aspirations of a student to the national carrier we are reminded that the workplace relations regime is far reaching.
From dealing with a student to an airline, we are reminded that the system of workplace relations needs to be flexible and responsive.
Every now and then we meet a remarkable person that leaves a lasting impression, some for good.
The person I want to speak of this evening is a person I only met once and the impression left was good - good writ large.