A re-elected Morrison Government will commit $1 million to develop the National Autism Strategy that I recommended as Chair of the Autism Inquiry. The strategy would have clear reporting mechanisms and focus on educating the wider public about autism.
The Morrison Government is supporting community groups in Shortland through the Powering Communities Program to enable not-for-profit groups to cut their power bills and carbon emissions and provide support to jobs in the Region.
With skills shortages in key industries across the Hunter Region, this is a great time to be looking for work. These job fairs are a fantastic way of meeting employers face-to-face and getting a foot in the door.
The policies that Labor proposed during the pandemic would have amounted to an additional $81 billion blowout in the Budget’s bottom line.
The Labor Party’s addiction to spending means a higher national debt and higher taxes for working Australians.
Labor and the Greens getting into bed together means that at least 80,000 jobs across the nation are put at risk and half a trillion dollars worth of local community investments will be abandoned.
We cannot risk the threat that a Labor-Greens alliance poses to our nation.
After over two years of community consultation, the Select Committee on Autism has now released our landmark Report on services, support, and life outcomes for autistic Australians - providing us with a roadmap for a National Autism Strategy and how we can improve the delivery of cross-jurisdictional supports.
If you live in the Hunter Region and you’re looking at your ballot paper and thinking,
‘Who is going to support jobs in this region and who is going to keep the lights on?’
It’s certainly not the Labor Party who will line up with the Greens and shut your jobs down and shut the economy down as quickly as possible.
The expansion of the Newcastle Art Gallery will be great for locals as well as a timely boost for the tourism sector. This funding is further recognition of the Federal Government’s commitment to working with our state counterparts to deliver for our regions.
The Morrison Government has awarded a leading engineering company a $164.9 million contract with Downer EDI Works Pty Limited to support Australia’s air power capabilities and deliver a major boost to the Hunter region and the wider NSW economy.
The Leader of the Greens Party has exhibited a shameful display of hypocrisy by refusing to accept any responsibility to call out Senator Thorpe's foul remarks while simultaneously demanding that very assumption of responsibility from the Prime Minister.
After one of the most vile things ever heard in the Senate Chamber was hurled at me, the Australian Labor Party come back the next day with smears, personal attacks, misinformation, and lies. It's pathetic.
The Senate often sees robust debate and I am often an active participant. But at all times we focus on policy and what we think is the right thing to do with regards to legislation. We should not bring peoples family into the debate as a form of slur.
Discussing Lidia Thorpe's disgraceful comments about my son & I with Ray Hadley. For a female to say this to another female - let alone a female Senator to say this to another female Senator - is nothing short of despicable.
On Chris Smith Tonight, discussing the fact that the development of new strains of COVID-19 are inevitable and there is no need to panic.
We also discussed the misinformation put forward by the left on Government spending in marginal seats. The ALP have criticised the fact that the Coalition invests in regional and rural seats, which is exactly why people in these seats won't vote Labor.
The Hexham Straight widening project is being delivered as part of the Australian and New South Wales governments' $2 billion commitment towards the extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to Raymond Terrace.
Talking with Chris Kenny on Sky News Australia about Attorney-General Michaelia Cash's incredible navigation through a very complex Bill during the pandemonium that is the final two sitting weeks of Parliament.
Autism: What Next? is a fantastic free resource for anyone who receives an autism diagnosis at whatever age. I am thrilled the Morrison Government has funded this, working with Autism Awareness Australia to provide real, evidence-based information.
Just as the Labor Party did with 'Mediscare', they are gearing up for the election by out and out lying to scare Australian pensioners into voting for them. The Government has zero plans to put pensioners on the cashless debit card.
Back in the studio with Paul Murray, where we discuss the debate on religious discrimination and Senator Claire Chandler's fantastic work in the space of protecting women's sport from ideological identity politics.
Every single employee of the ABC is paid for by the Australian taxpayer. They are expected to produce a balanced view in their journalism.
Unfortunately, they have been seen to produce misleading and biased programs at considerable expense to the taxpayer. The ABC has lost its way.
Residents in the electorates of Hunter (Bonnells Bay and Muswellbrook), Paterson (Anna Bay), Shortland (Buff Point, Caves Beach, and San Remo), and Newcastle (Merewether) will benefit from being able to access ultrafast broadband.
Net Zero does not mean zero emissions. Coal has a role to play in the Australia's future, but we are looking to innovative new technologies to offset those emissions so that we can protect our environment.
We owe it to every single taxpayer to ensure that our social security is treated as a safety net for vulnerable Australians, not a living wage for those who’d rather lie on the beach than contribute to the Australian economy.
The Liberal Party has the largest number of Members representing seats in rural and regional areas compared to any other party.
We are absolutely committed to protecting the interests of rural and regional Australia in all of our efforts.
The tragic death of Ann Marie Smith should never have happened. I commend the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Improving Supports for At Risk Participants) Bill to the Senate so that we can prevent this type of abuse and neglect from happening again.
"I think as we go forward, the majority of members of the National Party will probably support net zero towards 2050," Senator Hollie Hughes said.
"I think the conversation has certainly matured over the last couple of years."
However we reduce our emissions in Australia, we need to ensure we are securing affordable and reliable baseload power so that Australian manufacturers such as the Tomago Aluminium Smelter are able to survive.
The Shoal Bay Country Club has received $32,000 and the Criterion Hotel in Weston has received $26,340 through the Live Music Australia program to help grow a local, sustainable live music culture in the Paterson electorate.
When we see State Premiers agree to the National Plan to reopen only to then walk away from it, we're then left with Australian families and friends that are being torn apart and businesses that don't know how they're going to survive.
Speaking on Sky News with Paul Murray, Jenna Clarke, and Luke Bona about the absurdity of Australian soccer thinking that gender-neutral language is how we solve sexism. We also spoke about the fact that at some point, life is going to have to get back to normal.
Today, the Morrison Government announced a $464 million grant program to stimulate the development of hydrogen hubs right across Australia. I am working to make the Hunter Region a major player in this sweeping transformation of Australia’s energy and export sector. This is a technology-driven and industry-led plan to invest and develop low emissions industries that create Australian jobs, particularly in our regions, as well as cheaper energy for all Australians.
I spoke with Tracy McKelligott on Newcastle Live about how the Morrison Government has declared the Hunter as one of seven national hydrogen hubs that will supercharge the development of an Australian hydrogen industry.
Speaking on Sky News about the consequences of the concerning trend of the media becoming judge, jury, and executioner when it comes to unproven allegations. The panel also discussed the fact that many countries in the Indo-Pacific region are feeling more secure since the Prime Minister's announcement that Australia will be procuring nuclear-powered submarines through the AUKUS alliance.
The official launch of The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals (COEMinerals) was also covered by Henry Ballard in the Australian Mining magazine.
$118,000 in Federal Government funding will be granted to upgrade the Medowie Road Driver Reviver site in Paterson to deliver Driver Reviver mass action sign upgrades. This forms part of the $7.2 million our Government is providing to upgrade 71 sites across the country to keep people safe on our roads.
Newcastle-based company Industrial Monitoring & Control Pty Ltd received $1 million in funding from the Federal Government for its innovative proposal of automating the detection of whales at sea through thermal imaging. Their proposal has the potential to enhance regulatory compliance and protect our natural environment for future generations.
Read about the official launch the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals (COEMinerals) in the National Tribune. This Centre will consist of a collaboration between the University of Newcastle and 7 other Australian universities with links to the CSIRO and several major industry partners including FLSmidth, Amira Global and Jord International.
I was honoured to officially launch the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals (COEMinerals).
The Australian Government has provided $35 million of funding over 7 years through the Australian Research Council. The Centre will not only work take advantage of the new employment and exporting opportunities in sustainable mining technologies, but also promote sustainability in terms of energy and water use, pollution mitigation, and long-term environmental governance.
Speaking on Sky News about the special treatment Kristina Keneally receives from the ALP whenever she feels like a change in her role.
We also discussed the political point-scoring when it comes to the ongoing fued among the states regarding vaccine allocations.
Local governments have been a crucial delivery partner to the Federal Government when it comes to the implementation of the economic stimulus packages that have been created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read here about the Financial Assistance Grant programs that have been awarded to local councils in the Hunter Region.
I spoke with Paul Murray and Jenna Clarke on Sky News about the potential need for increased trade diversification in Australia and how the Morrison Government will continue to prioritise our national interests.
We also discussed the National Women’s Summit and how those on the left have continued to attack and denigrate both conservative women and men in this debate, thereby stifling collaboration and progress when it comes to countering violence and disrespectful behaviour against women.
Tracy McKelligott was speaking with Jo Smith this week on Newcastle Live about how Regal Cinema Building Ltd. has received a Federal Government Grant of $180,491 as part of the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund to assist the arts and entertainment sector.
More than 23,000 employment opportunities are expected to be created across the nation from the latest $20 million funding round alone.
Regal Cinema in Birmingham Gardens, Newcastle has received full funding of their grant request as part of the Morrison Government's $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund to assist the Australian arts and entertainment sector.
Speaking on Chris Smith Tonight about about the widespread criticism (including from Senior Labor Shadow Ministers in the Federal Parliament) of the scaremongering that is being perpetuated by the state leaders in Queensland and Western Australia. The Opposition Leader has shamefully backed these state leaders in their undermining of the Australian vaccination rollout and the National Plan to get Australia up and running again.
The Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 will aim to ensure that there is equality of opportunity between men and women and to clarify that sex-based harassment is prohibited. They will also extend the minimum entitlements for compassionate leave in relation to miscarriage
Despite the fact that hospitals are a state government responsibility, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has ensured that hospitals across the nation are adequately funded hospitals so that no one falls through the cracks in states that have neglected their responsibilities.
An article in the West Australian covered the Senate's debate about amendments to the Fair Work Act that would see an extension of compassionate leave entitlements for women and their partners who experienced a miscarriage.
An article in the Canberra Times covered the Senate's debate about amendments to the Fair Work Act that would see an extension of compassionate leave entitlements for women and their partners who experienced a miscarriage.
The jab is officially available for NDIS participants aged over 12, and we've pulled together all the information you need to equip participants and providers with the tools they will need to prepare for the vaccine.
On Chris Smith Tonight discussing the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and how proud Australians are of what they have achieved.
We also discussed how the continued uncertainty and persistent moving of the goalposts has damaged the mental health of our young Australians.
2,347 businesses in the Paterson Electorate are set to benefit from the establishment of the Business Fibre Zone at Nelson Bay. This is one of the 44 zones that are being developed. These new zones will allow local businesses to access fibre with speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. NBN Co's business fibre investments have a forecasted productivity benefit of up to 12% for businesses.
Whilst internal debate, a diversity of opinion, and robust discussion may be foreign concepts to some - they are not notions lost on the Coalition. Childcare subsidies are an area in which such discussion arose. In this exchange of ideas, I made my view clear that if Australian parents make the choice to return to work, they should be empowered to make that choice through targeted government support.
Senator Hollie Hughes in the Senate explaining to those opposite the real and positive actions taken by the Morrison Government to combat climate change, to reduce emissions, and to increase jobs and industries.
Newcastle Council will receive $5 million in both Federal and State funding to build a materials recycling facility at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre. This centre in Wallsend will be playing a key role in increasing the Hunter’s waste diversity and recycling capacity. It will ease pressure on our environment, and create both jobs and economic investment.
The Morrison Government is supporting the innovative manufacturing company Batt Mobile Equipment Pty Ltd based in the Hunter Region with a $4.5 million grant. The grant will be used by Batt Mobile to build heavy-battery electric vehicles for underground hard rock mines, delivering Australia’s first commercially viable alternative to a diesel fleet.
The Federal Government has committed $4.7 million in funding for the new Weir Road Bridge, connecting Barnsley and Teralba. This funding has been made available under the Federal Government's Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) - an initiative to fund the upgrade and replacement of bridges to enhance access for local communities.
The Morrison Government has committed to assisting Energy Renaissance in accelerating their research and development so that they may create a domestically developed lithium-ion battery energy storage system for critical energy storage infrastructures in Tomago, NSW. This will be the first battery manufacturing facility of its kind and will not only provide vast exporting opportunities for Australia, but also new local jobs for the Hunter Region.
JobKeeper was always a temporary measure, and to restart it would be unsustainable for the Federal Government. What is needed to support people during this pandemic moving forward are adaptable and targeted support payments.
Congratulations to Batt Mobile Equipment on securing $4.5 million to build heavy battery electric vehicles for underground hard rock mines under the Morrison Government’s Modern Manufacturing Initiative. This will create enormous opportunities for the Hunter Region’s local economy.
I spoke with the lovely Tracy McKelligott on Newcastle Live about the confusing and misleading messaging surrounding the safety of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, and the $2.1 million in funding that the Hunter Region is receiving under the Australian Government's Black Spot Funding Program.
A lot of families are feeling relieved to see the back of the awful Independent Assessment process that was being trialled. A big thank you to Senator Linda Reynolds for taking all of the feedback on board.
Back on Chris Smith Tonight with Smithy, Prue and Richo on Sky News Australia discussing Premier Gladys Berejiklian's management of Sydney's COVID cluster, General Frewen's skills in large-scale logistical exercises, and Australian tennis player Ash Barty's historic victory in Wimbledon.
People with disability in the Hunter Region will be encouraged to interact with a new dedicated one-stop shop providing advice and up-to-date information for people with disability as a national campaign rolls out across our screens this week.
The Disability Gateway is able to assist with a range of supports, from locating advocacy services, finding a sporting team that meets the needs of a person’s disability or identifying local disability-related events.
It is available at www.disabilitygateway.gov.au or by calling 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm AEST.
People with disability who need support in another language can also contact the Gateway on 1800 643 787 and ask for an interpreter.
The Morrison Government is backing Australian manufacturers with $800 million in funding to encourage collaboration on major job-creating projects as part of the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy.
The Morrison Government is providing local company Rotacaster in the Paterson electorate with a grant of $563,094 to increase its competitiveness and productivity, while also helping to grow local jobs
The Morrison Government is providing local company M O Brewery in the Newcastle electorate with a grant of $1,000,000 to increase its competitiveness and productivity, while also helping to grow local jobs.
Last night on Sky, I spoke about how Jacinta Price from the Northern Territory shall be a voice for Indigenous communities in the Senate that promotes agency rather than victimhood and about the importance of incentivising vaccinations.
Programs and activities supporting the health and wellbeing of our veteran community in Shortland will receive a share of more than $2.4 million worth of funding under the Veteran and Community Grants Program, announced today.
When the media ask me questions such as these, I would like to remind them of the democratic values that each and every Australian should and do hold dear to their hearts.
The people of New England have elected Barnaby with increasingly consistent majorities and the Nationals Party Room have made the decision to make him their leader, as is their right. I must respect each and every party in Parliament's right to choose their own leader, a respect that I would hope they would afford my own party.
We need to change the conversation surrounding the NDIS from that of a discussion of deficits to that of how participants can achieve their goals. In order to ensure that this scheme is delivering what it was put in place to do, the focus cannot merely be on how to survive, but how to thrive within the community.
Given their monumental death rates, it is insulting to hold the UK and the US as the golden bastion of COVID management and claim that our government should look to them as an example. Labor needs to stop the politicisation of this issue and to stop the scaremongering.
Great to chat with Michael Rowland on ABC News Breakfast this (Wednesday!) morning. As much my niece loves Bluey, it's about families being able to make the choices that best work for them, and empowering mothers and fathers to get back into the workforce ... if they choose to.
It has been heartwarming to hear from so many parents and autistic adults over the past few weeks, thanking me for being in their corner.
Surely we can all agree that evidence and research-based best practice intervention is at the very least reasonable and necessary!
Snowy 2.0 is the largest energy storage project in the southern hemisphere. When I spoke to the CEO of Snowy 2.0 Paul Broad, he could not contain his excitement about the boost to the Hunter Region that this investment will create in terms of jobs, economic activity, and energy security.
A record number of federal Liberal MPs say the party must consider quotas to boost female representation, after weeks of sexual assault allegations and misbehaviour against women forced the party's leadership to publicly declare its support.
The Liberal Party’s long-held resistance to quotas to ensure women get elected is shifting after Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged he is very open to the idea and senior female frontbenchers said it was time they were introduced.
The Liberal Party’s long-held resistance to quotas to ensure women are elected is shifting after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he is open to the idea and senior women frontbenchers said it was time they were introduced.