Supporting Small Business

Supporting Small Business     Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (17:38): Shop small: it is something that pretty much everyone supports in principle. We all support it, but why don’t we do it more? Why don’t more Australians do it? American Express commissioned research for its Shop Small campaign and found that nine out of 10 people…

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NBN Rollout Update

NBN Rollout Update     Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (16:18): With the NBN rollout well underway, increasing numbers of residents in my electorate of Petrie are starting to make the switch. Just this week, in North Lakes, a second stage of the build was completed. It is an exciting time and, despite the enormity of the…

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Harvest Trail Job Opportunities

Harvest Trail Job Opportunities       Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (13:47): To the young people of Petrie and elsewhere: have I got an opportunity for you! One of the best things I have done, back in 2011, right before I put my hand up to represent the people of Petrie, was to pack up my…

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Childcare Reforms

Childcare Reforms     Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (15:47): It is great to rise and talk on this MPI today. I have never seen as many paternalists in the one place as I see on the other side of this chamber today in the Labor Party. I am trying hard to understand how they justify the…

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NBN in Petrie

NBN in Petrie       Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (13:31): The NBN rollout is fast gathering steam, with one in three Australian homes now having access and being well underway throughout my electorate of Petrie. In fact, in North Lakes and parts of Mango Hill and Griffin, it will be switched on imminently—in fact, this…

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Housing Affordability

Housing Affordability     Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (12:22): Jobs and the cost of living rank as the most pressing issue in my electorate of Petrie. In fact, I know from speaking with my colleagues that these rank among the most significant issues weighing on the minds and lives of all Australians. When dealing with issues…

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Childcare and cost of living

Childcare and cost of living     Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (16:10): It is great to rise to speak on this MPI today. What we have heard from those opposite is talk of threatening families. In this Australian parliament the only people who are threatening families are those opposite. The MPI, led in this chamber today…

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Bounty Boulevard State School needs a hall

Bounty Boulevard State School needs a hall       WATCH VIDEO HERE   Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (16:52): Bounty Boulevard State School is represented by some 48 different nationalities in the North Lakes area, one of the fastest growing areas in the Moreton Bay region. The school itself has almost 1,400 students and is the…

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Labor Government Rail Fail

Labor Government Rail Fail     Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (19:35): I am a patient man. But I am not a patch on the people of Petrie: 132 years is a long time to spend waiting for a train, but that is exactly what generations of residents in my electorate have done. First mooted in 1884,…

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Centrelink Compliance

Centrelink Compliance         Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (12:28): I totally reject this motion from the opposition that has been brought to this House today. It is absolute rubbish. It is untrue and I reject it outright and completely. We have a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure that we are spending their earnings appropriately.…

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