Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (18:17): I rise to make some remarks on the tabling of the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs Transport References Committee and I will be brief because I know that many of my colleagues want to make a contribution. Fi... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (13:40): I too rise today to talk about children in our community but in a different way from the preceding speaker, Senator Thorp. Nonetheless, I have a very important message to deliver about the safety of children. It nev... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (17:00): I rise this evening to make some remarks regarding the government's abject failure to support Australia's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. It is not only a failure to support. The government is active... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (16:14): So yet another policy mess and policy shambles from the Labor government! It is a bit like Alvin and the Chipmunks as the hits just keep on coming. Every time we turn around there is another policy disaster from thi... ...more
Several years ago the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee conducted an inquiry into Australia's future oil supply and alternative transport fuels, with the following terms of reference:
1. projections of oil production and demand in Australia and globally and the implications ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (17:02): by leave—I move:
That the Senate take note of the document.
I rise to take note of this response primarily because it shows, again, the government saying one thing and doing another and its lack of truthfulness ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (10:27) I rise also to make a contribution to the legislation before us today: the Minerals Resources Rent Tax Bill and associated bills. I stood in this place last week talking about the private health insurance bills ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (13:32): I always think that the Australian people are very positive and are always looking for the bright light at the end of the tunnel. They have a positive outlook on the future of Australia, which is why they get s... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (16:54): I seek leave to take note of the response regarding the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee report Rural and regional access to secondary and tertiary education opportunities.
Leave g... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (11:46): Colleagues, for the last little while I have been coming into this place day after day and thinking that it cannot really get any more pear shaped under the Labor-Greens-Independents government. But toda... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales—Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (13:02): These are very dark days, indeed. Before those on the other side say I am scaremongering, I do not think of myself as somebody who scaremongers or exacerbates situations. I look at myself as a mother, a wife, ... ...more
Well, isn't this interesting—Senator Cameron on the other side of this chamber telling us we have no economic credibility! I am sorry. Isn't this the government that just a couple of weeks ago increased its borrowings from $200 billion to $250 billion? Mind you, colleagues, they did not give us a ch... ...more
I rise today to make some remarks on the Family Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment (Child Care and Other Measures) Bill 2011. There is no doubt that child care is one of the most important issues for families right across the country, particularly in regional areas such as the one where I li... ...more
Mr President, the government has introduced four bills to the senate regarding changes to the taxation arrangements of LPG, LNG and CNG. They also clarify how biofuels — ethanol, biodiesel and methanol are treated regarding the tax arrangements.
While I don't support the changes to apply a tax to L... ...more
I rise to make some remarks regarding the Higher Education Support Amendment (No. 1) Bill 2011. As people would be aware, FEE-HELP is available to eligible full fee paying higher education students and VET FEE-HELP is available to eligible full fee paying and certain state government subsidised VET ... ...more
I rise tonight to speak about a remarkable Australian, Charlie Francis from Forbes. Sadly, Charlie died last month and he is going to be terribly missed by his wonderful sister, Danie, her husband, Bob, and all of his family. Charlie farmed at Forbes and made a huge contribution to regional Australi... ...more
I want to echo the remarks that have been made this evening about the three departing colleagues, whom we are going to miss. I also echo Senator Macdonald in saying that the brevity of my remarks in no way reflects on the expansive comments I would like to make, but I am very conscious that there ar... ...more
I rise today to make some comments in response to the delivery of the budget by the Treasurer last night, but before I do I would like to acknowledge in the chamber today my very good friend and Senator-elect Bridget McKenzie from Victoria. The budget delivery last night by the Treasurer indicated t... ...more
What a load of rubbish we are hearing from this government when it comes to the impact of a carbon tax on the people of Australia. They seem to be living in what I can only call a fairyland of unreality when it comes to the impact that this is going to have on people. What have we seen today? We hav... ...more
I rise this evening to make some remarks regarding the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Rebate) Bill 2011 and I am very pleased to do so. The shadow minister for child care and early childhood learning, Susan Ley, the member for Farrer, is respon- sible for this in the other place... ...more
Firstly, can I thank all of those who have made a contribution to my bill this morning. It certainly has been a very lively debate. I would like to thank the member for Sturt and the shadow minister for education, apprenticeships and training, Christopher Pyne, the member for Gippsland, Darren Chest... ...more
I rise tonight to raise what I think is a very serious issue for this parliament. Recently I introduced the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010, which is a bill to make access to independent youth allowance fair for regional students, regardless of wher... ...more
This is without doubt one of the saddest days I have seen in this place since I came here. We have just witnessed the Labor Party, the Greens and the Independent Nick Xenophon refuse to debate the bill that would have given fairness and equity to regional students, and I think everybody living in a ... ...more
I seek leave to move a motion relating to the consideration of the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010 and message No. 38 from the House of Representatives on a related matter, as circulated in the chamber.
Leave not granted.
Pursuant to contingent notice... ...more
That the following bill be introduced: A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 to improve income support for regional students, and for related purposes.
Question agreed to.
I present the bill and move:
That this bill may proceed ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (1.00 pm)—I rise today to make a contribution to the matter of public interest discussion, and I think it most certainly is a matter of public interest that I am raising. It is that of the issue of student access to independent youth allowance. Over the last year ... ...more
I rise to make a contribution to the debate on Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan. It will be a brief contribution. I feel it somewhat inappropriate to do so. I have not been to Afghanistan; neither do I have family or friends serving in Afghanistan. However, what I do have is a deep and s... ...more
I am very happy to stand here and join my coalition colleagues in this debate, because there is probably only one word that can properly describe this government’s management, if you want to call it that, of the Murray-Darling Basin water reform—that is, an absolute shambles. How they have run this ... ...more
I rise today to make some remarks in reply to the address given by Her Excellency the Governor-General. The other day when I was listening to the speech that she presented here in the chamber I had this feeling that we were heading down to some sort of nirvana land of political perfection—if y... ...more
The ever-lengthening list of broken promises from this government is nothing short of appalling, and what is really sad is that the Australian people are almost starting to become immune. They are almost immune to the seemingly almost daily broken promises from this government. I say to the Australi... ...more
My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Sherry. Is the minister aware of the discovery in the United States of the Chinese fruit fly, Drosophila suzukii, or spotted-wing drosophila? Is he also aware that the Chines... ...more
Just when you thought the government could not come up with another bad idea, here comes another one, wham! It is unbelievable—bad idea, after bad idea. It is just extraordinary to watch how many stupid ideas this government can actually come up with. This one is an absolute ripper. What have we got... ...more
I rise tonight to talk about apples. ‘Apples are not apples’—and they certainly are not in this instance. In particular, I want to talk about the Australian apple industry and the potential importation of apples from China. There is a very serious issue looming for the Australian apple industry. It ... ...more
It is always a delight to follow my very good colleague Senator Mason. At the outset, I would like to commend him for the work he has done on this issue. It has been, as he said, a particularly arduous process for nearly a year now. I think it was last May that we started on this process. It has bee... ...more
I would like to very briefly reiterate my earlier comments. The amendment simply says that all regional students should be treated the same. By including the inner regional zone, all regional students should be treated the same. The government has this view that all men are equal but some are more e... ...more
It is an extraordinary situation here. I rise to take note of answers given by Minister Wong. As my very good colleague Senator Ryan referred to in his opening remarks, if it was not so very serious, it would be like a Monty Python skit. And it absolutely is. The government is like the Black K... ...more
I note with interest the contribution from Senator O’Brien on the Food Importation (Bovine Meat Standards) Bill 2010. At the outset he seemed to suggest that we were trying to bring this to a vote today. The senator knows full well that, by agreement, there are no votes in the chamber after 4.... ...more
I rise tonight to make some comments on an issue that I think is top of mind at the moment for people right across the country, and that is paid parental leave. There are varying views on this issue but, when it comes to bringing up children, it is incredibly important because Australia’s futu... ...more
I rise to make some comments on the changes the government is proposing to the private health insurance rebates. The chamber would be well aware that after the introduction of Medicare in 1984 membership of private health funds fell. By 1998, only 30.4 per cent of the population was covered by priva... ...more
I rise, in following my colleagues, to outline our concerns about the relaxation of the importation of beef from countries that have had BSE or, as people would more commonly know it, mad cow disease.
Firstly, I take exception to Senator Sterle’s comment about the comments coming from this... ...more
Senator»«NASH» (New South Wales) (7:01 PM) —There is a new day dawning in this country. It is quite exciting watching the sun come up over the far horizon, because with the dawning of that new day we are seeing a realisation among many people right across this country. The realisation that people ar... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (1.33 pm)—The Nationals are supportive of the amendments to exclude agricultural emissions. Given our very significant involvement with the farming community, it is obvious we would be doing so. I have had it put to me that excluding agriculture is simply a no-brainer.... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (10.18 am)—What an unbelievably gobsmacking display of arrogance we are seeing from the other side. Here we have the biggest piece of legislation to come before this parliament in goodness knows how many decades and what do you want to do? You want to extend ho... ...more
I stand here today with a great sense of weight and gravity because I think the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Bill 2009 [No. 2] is probably the most important piece of legislation that this country is going to see for quite some time. It is certainly the most important piece of legislation that ... ...more
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(5:17 PM) —I rise to follow my colleague Senator Ronaldson to make some comments on the youth allowance legislation, as it is loosely known, before us. I commend my colleague Senator Ronaldson for his comments, because he is right on the money. I firstly thank the committee members of the Rural and ... ...more
Motion for Disallowance - AQIS Charges and Fees Regulations - Speech
I rise to make some remarks on the disallowance motion for the 40 per cent rebate. It astounds me how many ways this Labor government can find to belt regional Australia. Here we have yet another example of this government being c... ...more
Senator Nash (New South Wales) (4:59 PM) —I present the report of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on the fee rebate for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service export certification functions, together with the Hansard recording of proceedings and documents ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (12.34 pm)—Last year I crossed the floor on this issue because I absolutely believe that there should not be tax deductions for carbon sink forests. And over the intervening period of time I have not changed my view one bit. I fully support the amendment that is being ... ...more
Senator NASH» (New South Wales) (7:06 PM) —I rise tonight to make some remarks about the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme bills that we have before us. When I came into this place as a Nationals senator my focus was, and still remains, entirely on regional Australia and on making the best decisions... ...more
Yet what have we seen? I do not think that I have been to a community in New South Wales where the primary issue that is talked about is not health and hospitals—and the fact that those hospitals are by no means improving whatsoever. Not only are they not improving but people are saying to me that t... ...more
(New South Wales) (3:16 PM) —I rise to discuss the motion that the Senate take note of answers given by Senator Carr. What an extraordinary situation we saw today, with Senator Adams asking questions about changes to the youth allowance scheme and the effect on regional students, and the government ... ...more
Senator» «NASH» (New South Wales) (7:09 PM) —I rise to make some comments tonight on what is the first anniversary of the end of the single desk wheat export marketing system. I do so with a great deal of sadness, because it was a very difficult time last year for growers around this country when La... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (4.39 pm)— When we come into this place, those of us on this side of the chamber have a very firm belief that we have a responsibility to ensure a secure future for the Australian people. That is what we believe; that is a priority. That is absolutely what we strive to... ...more
Senator NASH» (New South Wales) (11:55 PM) —I rise tonight because I believe we absolutely should be insisting on these amendments. We stood here in this Senate this afternoon and we agreed to these amendments because they were right, they were proper and they were good for rural and regional Austra... ...more
Senator NASH» (New South Wales) (2:53 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy. I refer to the minister’s recent reaffirmation of the government’s commitment to deliver a fibre-to-the-node broadband service to 98 per cent of Australian... ...more
Senator NASH» (New South Wales) (4:18 PM) —As deputy chair of the committee, I rise to make some remarks on the interim report of the Senate Select Committee on the National Broadband Network. I will just make a few brief comments around some of the issues that arose during the course of the inquiry... ...more
ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES IN RELATION TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TREES FOR THE PURPOSES OF CARBON SEQUESTRATION - Motion for Disallowance
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7:43 PM) —I rise tonight as a National Party senator to make a contribution to this debate, and I s... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (12:34 PM) —I rise today to make a contribution on the Water Amendment Bill 2008 and to indicate my generally broad support for the bill, noting of course that there is significant room for improvement with amendments. The bill itself amends the Water Act 2007—and it i... ...more
Senator» «NASH» (New South Wales) (2:35 PM) —My question is to «Senator» Conroy, the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Is it true that the New South Wales Labor government has just ripped $245 million from the «Pacific» «High... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (2:48 PM) —My question is to Senator Ludwig, representing the Minister for Health and Ageing. Given that the Prime Minister said that the health buck stops with him and that he campaigned on the promise that ‘Kevin Rudd will fix our hospitals’, what urgent action is th... ...more
Senator NASH (2.23 p.m.)—My question is to the Minister representing the Treasurer, Senator Conroy. I also refer to the Prime Minister’s commitment to level with the Austrian people. Will the minister level with the Senate and tell it whether the government received any advice about the inflationary... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (4.25 p.m.)—I rise to make a few comments on the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport inquiry into water management in the Lower Lakes and Coorong, including consideration of the Emergency Water (Murray Darling Basin Rescu... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (4.47 p.m.)—I rise to make a few remarks on the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Implementation, operation and administration of the legislation underpinning carbon sink forests report. It is a bit of a mouthful, but it is a very si... ...more
SENATE HANSARD – 17 September 2008
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (1:36 PM) —I rise today to talk, very specifically, about Labor’s neglect of the regions.
Single Aged Pension – Don Morgan’s Law
In particular, today I want to talk about the far North Coast of New South Wales and the Tweed ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (3.45 p.m.)—I rise today to address the very important matter of public importance—the failure of the Rudd Labor government to ensure the adequate provision of health services and road infrastructure for regional communities. More than seven million Australians live ou... ...more
I rise tonight to make a contribution to the second reading debate on the Interstate Road Transport Charge Amendment Bill 2008 and the Road Transport Charges (Australian Capital Territory) Repeal Bill 2008. I am very honoured to follow my National and Liberal colleagues who spoke last night in the o... ...more
It gives me some pleasure to stand here today to discuss this issue because there is nothing more important to me than rural and regional communities—their welfare, benefit, security and sustainability into the future. One of the things that is vitally important to those communities is support from ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7.51 p.m.)—I rise tonight to make some comments around the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Protecting Services for Rural and Regional Australia into the Future) Bill 2007 and I do so because, quite simply, if the government had not moved to introduce this le... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (11.17 p.m.)—I rise tonight to make a few comments about drought and the economy, but before I do I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge that this is your last evening here in the chamber, Mr President, during adjournment. I would like to place on record t... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (10.52 p.m.)—I rise to make a few comments about the government’s broadband plan, Australia Connected and also a few comments around Labor’s broadband proposal for this nation. It was great for people, particularly in rural and regional Australia, to see the funding an... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.33 p.m.)—Mr President, It is always a challenge being the last speaker on a Thursday night on the adjournment.
I will attempt to keep you awake for a few minutes. I rise tonight to make a few comments about the budget that was delivered by the government this wee... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (6.53 p.m.)—I rise tonight to talk about the announcement today by Labor of their proposal for telecommunications in this nation. Interestingly, we are seeing again a proposal for fibre-to-the-node.
This fibre-to-the-node proposal looks remarkably like a proposal th... ...more
Senator Nash (07/12/06. 11:45:00 ): As a wheat grower from the Central West in New South Wales, I am only too aware of how important this issue is to wheat growers right around the state and right around the country.
I am a very strong supporter of the single desk. I accept that there are divers... ...more
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Mr Mayor, distinguished guests, fellow speakers, ladies and gentlemen thank you for the privilege to join you for today's Alternative Fuels Information Day.
Congratulate Mayor Gerry Bailey and the Young Shire Council for organising this event, particularly make mention... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.59 pm)—I rise tonight to talk about the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Media Ownership) Bill 2006 and the Broadcasting Legislation Amend-ment (Digital Television) Bill 2006 in my role as a Nationals senator. My role as a Nationals sena-tor is to ensure that ru... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.07 p.m.)—I rise to speak in support of the OHS and SRC Legislation Amendment Bill 2006. Each and every one of us privileged to serve in this place is very proud of the states and territories that we represent. We are particularly privileged to represent the people, ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7.00 pm)—I rise tonight to talk about ethanol. In the 2001 election the government announced a policy for a target of 350 million litres of biofuels by 2010. For many years I have been a very strong supporter of the biofuels industry and tonight I particularly want to... ...more
Thank you Rosemary for that kind introduction.
Before I move on to my speech, I'd just like to take the opportunity to pass on my thanks to you Rosemary for the strong and sensible leadership ATUG continues to show in this important debate.
Rosemary, I'd also to thank you publicly for the assi... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7.19 pm)—As I rise here tonight, grain growers across the country are working on their cropping strategy for the coming year. They are working out how rising fertiliser prices—up $100 a tonne on the last year—and fuel price hikes from around 90c to $1.40 a litre will ... ...more
Second reading: Senator NASH (New South Wales) (12.36 p.m.)—In summing up today, firstly I would like to thank all senators for their contribution to this debate. I am very proud to stand here as a senator for Australia, having watched the debate be conducted in the way it has been and certainly hav... ...more
Second Reading: Senator NASH (New South Wales) (4.00 pm)—I rise today to speak in continuation on the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (Repeal of Ministerial responsibility for approval of RU486) Bill 2005 . In 1996, this parliament allowed an amendment to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. That amendment m... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7.28 pm)—I rise tonight to talk about a particular group of unsung heroes in our community: carers. Carers are people who give up their time to look after a child, parent, spouse, relative or friend with a disability. The disability may be temporary or per-manent and ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (12.45 pm)— The incorporated speech read as follows—
I am pleased to speak to the Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2005 and the Common-wealth Radioactive Waste Management (Related Amendment) Bill 2005
Since the days of the Hawke Labor... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (11.13 pm)—I rise tonight to talk about a young lady I met recently. We talk about a lot of issues of national importance in this place, issues that we debate in the national interest, but tonight I would like to talk about a person who I think is a remarkable young Au... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (12.31 pm)—The workplace relations reform legislation being put forward by the Howard-Vaile government is sensible and practical. In spite of the scare-mongering we have heard from those opposite, this government is taking the right steps to take this... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.47 pm)—I rise tonight to talk about an issue that has been of particular note of late. In 1996, this parliament allowed an amendment to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. That amendment made the minister for health ultimately responsible for deci-sions in relation to t... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7.38 pm)—Just over two weeks ago I was given the oppor-tunity to join the Australian Trucking Association’s driver of the year, Des Bailey, and experience the reality of Australian roads from a truckie’s perspective.
Senator Conroy —Well done!
Senator NASH —Than... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (3.19 pm)—It never ceases to amaze me how those on the other side of the chamber can sit there and criticise the government for what it is doing without having any plan of their own. I will start with a comment that Senator Bishop made in his address. He said that Aust... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.51 pm)—I rise tonight to talk about industrial relations reform. A recent report released by the World Economic Forum shows Australia has climbed from 14th to 10th in the World Economic Forum’s 2005 competitiveness ranking. The report said Australia moved up four pl... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (5.11 pm)—I am very pleased to be able to stand here today and talk to this MPI on mental health. I am a little perplexed by the senator putting forward this MPI on the need for the Howard government to treat mental illness as a national health priority. We do. That al... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.49 pm)—We live in a democracy where all people of voting age who are eligible to vote have a right to vote. They have a right to vote free from deception. They have a right to vote in an electoral system which delivers the highest levels of confidence in the integ-r... ...more
Motion for disallowance
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (11.12 am)—As a New South Wales farmer, I find it absolutely incredible that the Democrats and the Greens have such a naive and sim-plistic view of this whole issue. I cannot agree more with my colleagues who spoke previously, Senator Ferris ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (6.31 pm)—I rise speak to the Australian Technical Colleges (Flexibility in Achieving Aus-tralia’s Skills Needs) Bill 2005 . This is a very important bill that will help get more young Australians into traditional trades, providing them with choice ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (7.48 pm)—I rise tonight to speak to the Telstra (Transition to Full Private Ownership) Bill 2005 and the four associated bills, the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Issues) Bill 2005 , the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment ... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (5.04 pm)—Far from being incompetent, the government is making substantial investment in welfare changes in this nation with the $3.6 billion Welfare to Work reform package. This package is going to enable changes to income support arrangements, participation requireme... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (4.30 pm)—It is quite extraordinary to continually hear Labor tell us how much they care about telecommunications and how much they care about telecommunications in rural and regional areas. Labor do not care about the bush. They are continually—they always have been a... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (6.51 pm)—I rise tonight to speak about ethanol and its im-portance not only to rural and regional Australia but also to this nation as a whole. We have a sig-nificant opportunity to build a sustainable domestic biofuels industry in Australia, for the benefit of all Au... ...more
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (9.50 pm)—I rise tonight to address the vital issue of tele-communications in rural and regional Australia. Telecommunications plays a significant role in any modern economy. There is no doubt that telecommunications is vital for the future of rural and regional commun... ...more
First Speech - 18/08/2005
Senator NASH (New South Wales) (5.01 pm)—Thank you, Mr President. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to take up my position as a Nationals senator for New South Wales. The role of a senator is one of great responsibility. To serve the people of this great country is a ... ...more