Southside families are spending longer in congestion on local roads
24 October 2019
South-side families in Brisbane are spending longer in their cars and less time with their families under the Morrison government. When I talk to local families, there is a real sense of frustration. There is frustration that the daily grind of traffic to and from work, to and from after-school sports, to and from music lessons and even to and from the shops is taking longer and longer, with no end in sight. South-side families have been thinking to themselves, 'If only we had government that could relate to the daily challenges we face, a government that actually listened to us.' As it turns out, south-side families have a lot more time to ponder this issue on their extended commute to and from work.
Stones Corner Post Office: speech in the Federation chamber
21 October 2019
The Stones Corner post office is being shut down, and the Liberals and Nationals are just doing nothing to stop it. The Morrison government is abandoning Stones Corner, leaving businesses in the dark and leaving local loyal postal workers without jobs. Shockingly, LNP Senator Stoker and a local LNP councillor petitioned their own government to save the post office—they didn't pick up the phone to their own government colleagues—but, since the government's refusal to step in and save this vital community service, the local LNP have just given up, calling this a win for our community.
Labor Women's Conference 2019
19 October 2019
Labor Enabled Conference 2019
05 October 2019
Constituency Statement - Stones Corner Post Office and NBN Scammers
16 September 2019
I'm afraid to say, Mr Deputy Speaker Zimmerman, that the Liberal Morrison government has abandoned the community of Stones Corner. Our local post office is closing and, instead of making sure that there is continuity of service for all of the people who have PO boxes at the post office and for all the people who use the post office at Stones Corner, all we're going to get is an agency. I think my community is rightly up in arms about the fact that we are losing this really important service from Stones Corner.
Indigenous representation on the MDBA Board
11 September 2019
I rise to support this bill for an Indigenous standing member on the board of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. I note this is only the first step to deeper engagement and consultation with Australia's First Nations peoples and I acknowledge the minister, who has reached out in the spirit of bipartisanship in relation to this bill. In opening my remarks in relation to this bill I also acknowledge, of course, the traditional owners and Aboriginal nations of the Murray-Darling Basin.
Senior Australians: speech in the adjournment debate
24 July 2019
Ms BUTLER (Griffith) (19:52): I rise to talk about the seniors of Griffith. There are close to 9,000 pensioners in the electorate of Griffith, and many have been waiting more than 4½ years for a fair go. The Liberals and Nationals were dragged kicking and screaming by pensioner groups and Labor to agree to adjust deeming rates in line with interest rates. The government's recent move on deeming rates is too little, too late for Southsiders.
Condolence following the death of Mr Ron Monaghan
22 July 2019
I rise to inform the House of the death of Ron Monaghan, better known to Queenslanders as Mono, who died on Sunday, 30 June 2019. Mono was the much loved former branch secretary of the Queensland branch of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union, or 'the Missos', as we always called them, now known as United Voice. He was also the former Queensland Council of Unions general secretary and former president of the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party.