Keith Pitt MP Federal Member for HINKLER

Speeches

Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:34): I would like to present to the Federation Chamber this morning some of the facts about aged-care funding to my...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:02): It's great to follow the new member for Calare—an absolute fighter for regional Australia and of course following on...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:00): While the same-sex marriage continues to rage in the press, I'd like to put to the House the issues that are being...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (13:23): Can I thank the member for Griffith for her brief contribution. I rise to speak on the Education Legislation Amendment...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:03): Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the work of the shadow minister, who I have served on committees with previously...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:28): It is my great pleasure to rise and actually speak about the coalition government delivering for my electorate. We...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:21): Thank you for the unexpected opportunity, Mr Speaker. We are of course here because of another Labor stunt. We are here...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (16:57): I rise to make a brief contribution. I am very pleased to be speaking in support of the Social Services Legislation...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:52): There has been a lot of talk in my electorate about the cashless debit card. I am unashamedly a supporter of the card,...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (17:17): I rise to speak on Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018. As a regional MP, one of the important aspects of the 2017-18...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:03): It is vitally important that Australia's regions are supported with modern infrastructure—infrastructure that makes a...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (11:16): After some delay, it is my great pleasure to be here speaking today in support of the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:11): I had the great pleasure, earlier this month, of attending the 100th anniversary of the iconic Urangan Pier at Hervey...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:10): The last shot of World War I was fired at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. There were 300,000...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:07): I rise to speak in support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Savings Fund Special Account Bill 2016, and to...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (10:58): It is good to follow on from the previous member because I am here to talk about jobs and job creation. At the end of...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (16:27): I rise to speak on the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (15:43): It is a great pleasure to see you in the chair, Deputy Speaker Coulton. I always enjoy an MPI. It is an interesting...
Mr Pitt (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (15:25): I rise to speak on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Country of Origin) Bill 2016. I would also say how pleased I...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (11:21): Can I say that the third annual statement on international investment in Australia, which was presented to the House...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (12:14): I rise to update the chamber on the activities within the trade portfolio, particularly in areas of regional Australia...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (19:00): I rise to speak about a number of fantastic things that are happening in my electorate of Hinkler because this...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:27): It is a great pleasure to be here finally speaking about this matter. The Battle of Long Tan took place on 18 August...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (15:39): It is a great pleasure to respond to some of the comments by the member for Hunter. I would say this to the member for...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (17:52): I rise to speak on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Youth Jobs Path: Prepare, Trial, Hire) Bill 2016. This...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:33): It is always good to follow the member for Whitlam. I thank him for his brief contribution. I have a suitably brief...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (18:54): I rise to speak on the VET Student Loans Bill 2016, which will overhaul the VET-FEE HELP system so that it is...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (11:56): Mr Deputy Speaker Georganas, I welcome you to the chair and, of course, to the parliament. I rise today to speak on the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (11:24): Acting Deputy Speaker Hogan, it is good to see the member for Page from The Nationals in the chair. Before I get to the...
Mr PITT (11:47): It is a great pleasure to once again to be back in the House and speaking on something which is an important issue. I of course acknowledge the other side in the process. I will look...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) (20:06): As one of the people who just sat through the ramblings of the member for Wakefield for the past 15 minutes I am...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister) (18:35): I rise today to speak on the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016. This bill makes it...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister) (17:12): I rise to speak on the Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016, which is an important piece of legislation to both the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister) (10:51): I rise to speak today on the Aged Care Legislation (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016, which will bring flexibility and...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister) (15:40): I am afraid the blinkers have been on for this debate for some time. We have heard a lot about house prices in Sydney, but...
Mr PITT (Hinkler—Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister) (10:29): I rise to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2015-2016 and the Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2015-2016. In my electorate...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:51): One of the top five issues raised by constituents in my electorate of Hinkler is upgrades to the Bruce Highway and of course road safety. The Bruce Highway stretches some...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:43): My question is to the Minister for Health. Can the minister inform the House what this government is doing to improve private health insurance for rural and regional...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:31): I am absolutely delighted to speak on this motion moved by the member for Bendigo. I am also incredibly pleased to see her sudden interest in this issue—an issue, I might...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:35): It is no secret that I have been a strong advocate for the NBN and the benefits it will bring to people living in regional Australia. I wore a track to Malcolm Turnbull's...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:58): I support the original bill—the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 [No. 2]—in its original form. Before I get to the details of the bill...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): Last week I hosted a community jobs forum at the Hervey Bay Boat Club both to inform job seekers about help available to them and to encourage local businesses to employ...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:35): Tomorrow, Bundaberg will become the first city in Queensland to connect to the NBN fibre-to-the-node network. As many in this place will already know, I fought hard to...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:03): I table a petition from the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Dive Wreck Advisory Group, local residents, business owners and tourists concerning the need for a new tourist...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:37): I table a petition containing 606 signatures which draws to the attention of the House the severe lack of mobile phone coverage in Doolbi, Horton, Abington, Goodwood, North...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:09): I am angry. I am absolutely fed up with people who are talking down my region. Confidence breeds confidence. As far as I am concerned, I am raising my family in the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (20:05): Border protection, national security and respect for the Australian way of life and our cultural values and beliefs are among the top issues of concern among Hinkler...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): The last shot of World War I was fired on Monday, 11 November 1918. Three hundred thousand Australians went to the Great War: 60,000 died and 156,000 were wounded or taken...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:04): I am very pleased to be speaking here today in support of the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015. This bill will strengthen the protections...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:30): I had the great pleasure last week of opening the Mount Sion trade training centre at Shalom Catholic college. I congratulate Principal Dan McMahon, who has done a...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:37): My region is in need of a new tourist attraction—one that will increase domestic and international visitation, stimulate the local economy and create jobs. Wide Bay Burnett...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:21): I would like to thank the member for Macarthur for his good grace in allowing me to get a brief opportunity to speak. I rise to speak in support of the bill to enact the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:45): Well-maintained roads are incredibly important in any community but particularly in regional areas where distances are vast and infrastructure is prone to flooding. They...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:28): One of the major impediments for young people wanting to further their studies after finishing high school is the cost of living away from home, particularly if you live in...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): On the weekend, my family and I attended a range of community events in both Bundaberg and Childers. Firstly we attended ReSTAMPED, which was part of the Crush Festival for...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (15:46): It is always a great pleasure to follow my good friend the member for Charlton. He has actually added to my extensive education in this place. I did not know what a '...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:08): Early next week, two oral healthcare centres are scheduled to be officially opened by the Queensland Minister for Health in my electorate of Hinkler. Unfortunately, I...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:51): My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Will the minister update the House on the progress of the government's...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:16): I rise to speak on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Further Strengthening Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2015. This bill ensures that Australians who are looking for...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:10): As this debate comes to its conclusion, I get the job of summing up. The positive about that is that we have no more contributions from those opposite that we have to sit...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:38): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. Will the minister update the House on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will help Australian...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (21:05): Last week, the state member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett, and I called on the Queensland Labor government to follow Indonesia's lead—Indonesia, would you believe!—and cut...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:20): It is always a great pleasure to follow the member for Fowler, a very generous supporter of my predecessor, Mr Neville. I thank him for his words of support. I rise to...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:56): Last week the Assistant Minister for Science, Karen Andrews, and I hosted a community science forum at Central Queensland University to inspire businesses and young job...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:36): This is been a week of highs and lows, of losses and triumphs, but I will leave it to the commentators or so-called experts to pick everything apart. Today, rather than...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): When the Torbanlea licensed post office closed suddenly two weeks ago, I gave a commitment that I would work to ensure local postal services were restored as soon as...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:33): I rise to speak on the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. This is a very important bill for people in regional Australia. These reforms...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (19:22): I must say it is rare in the House that I get to follow the member for Throsby, and his contribution is spoken just like a lawyer, which I believe is his training. Out in...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:35): I rise to speak on the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015. It will be a brief contribution, Mr Acting Deputy Speaker...
My electorate is named after the great aviator Bert Hinkler. After distinguished service in the First World War, the boy from Bundaberg was the first pilot to fly solo from England to Australia. Last...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:09): It is terribly unfortunate that I have had to sit through the contributions from the other side this afternoon. I note that member for Rankin's complaints about the five-...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:40): Last week I had the absolute pleasure of meeting some members of STEPS Care for Carers group at Childers, a small town in the middle of my electorate. They are a small...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (20:16): What a great contribution from the member for Dobell on the Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill. I am one of many people on this...
In August each year the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival attracts about 10,000 people from across Australia. It’s the only seafood festival in Australia managed by the men and women who catch it!...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:49): I move: That this House: (1) acknowledges that the Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program (ADFPP) has enjoyed bipartisan support since its formation in 2001; (2)...
**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** As I’m sure many of you are aware, I sit on the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee for Communications. One of the things we frequently discuss is the threat digital...
**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** It's great to be here in Hervey Bay representing the Federal Minister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Barnaby Joyce: Australia’s $8.3 billion...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:13): I would like to speak about a little town with a big heart. At the centre of my electorate is the town of Childers. It is a town which is surrounded by red soil, blue sky...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:55): My question is to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Will the minister update the House on the threat posed to Australians by foreign fighters such as Elomar and Sharrouf?...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:38): I recently attended the official opening of Hervey Bay Hockey's new $805,000 playing facilities. It was only in September last year that I had the absolute pleasure of...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:44): Yesterday, on Red Apple Day, Nationals MPs Barnaby Joyce, David Gillespie and I joined forces with Bowel Cancer Australia to encourage people to screen themselves for bowel...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:32): On Saturday last week, I attended the official opening of the Toogoom and District RSL Sub Branch. I was joined by state president of the Queensland RSL Terry Meehan, the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:09): Minister Hartsuyker: as you know, my electorate has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. The unemployment rate for Hinkler is 10 per cent, and for the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (19:17): Minister, as a fellow Queenslander—and I am certain you will be watching a particular game of rugby league tomorrow night and supporting the right side and the right team...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:35): It is with great pleasure I advise the chamber of the 50th anniversary dinner for the Elliot Heads Surf Life Saving Club, which I attended on Saturday night. There were...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:58): Last month the coalition government committed to establish a multi-agency task force to target visa fraud and employers that exploit foreign workers. It is something I have...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (18:46): It does not matter whether you are Inn Style Mensland, in Hervey Bay, or are the IGA at River Heads; whether you are Hartel Electrical or you are the Booyal service station...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (18:34): I will not be supporting the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2015 that is currently before the Australian parliament. In my view, the renewable energy target—...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:47): I rise to inform the House of the great work of Wide Bay Whirly Birds, whose fundraiser I attended on Saturday, 23 May. It was a back to the 50s night, Deputy Speaker,...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (15:09): My question is to the Assistant Minister for Employment. Will the minister update the House on measures in the budget to support young job seekers, particularly through the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:58): I rise to inform the House of the reincarnation of the Bundaberg Motorsports Complex-Carina Speedway. The last meeting was held there in June 2006, but I am sure you can...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (19:50): We should get back to the main event, which is creating jobs and a strong economy in Australia. Whilst I am pleased to be able to make a contribution tonight, it was very...
Click here for the small business factsheet It’s great to be here to speak to you all today. I had the absolute pleasure of being here last year with the Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson. We...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:41): I rise to acknowledge the great work of Malcolm Webb, the current president of the Woodgate RSL Sub Branch. I had the good fortune last week to attend the dedication of...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:48): I rise to speak on the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill 2014. I think it is important that we look back at the journey for communications...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:49): Nationals MPs and senators such as John 'Wacka' Williams have been fighting for more accurate country-of-origin food labelling for more than a decade. We place enormous red...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:29): My question is to the Minister for Justice. Will the minister update the House on what tools the government is providing to allow our joint law enforcement agencies to...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:57): It is with deep regret that I advise the House of the passing of Nita Cunningham on the weekend, aged 75 and just short of her 76th birthday. Nita was a local councillor...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:25): I rise to speak on the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014. Before I get to the detail of the bill, I would like to quote a section from my maiden speech. I...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:05): I rise to speak on the Biosecurity Bill 2014. Having listened to the member for Bendigo and the member for Hunter, I would like to make a brief comment about their...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:32): I would like to welcome my colleagues on both sides back to Canberra and wish them all the very best for 2015. I had a busy few months during the parliamentary break. In...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:48): I rise to place on the Hansard my thanks to the Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, and his wife, Lyn. They have been incredibly supportive of the new people on the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:11): Some of the contributions to this MPI simply cannot go unanswered. I note the contributions from the member for Fraser and the member for Lingiari in particular. The member...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:54): I rise to make a brief contribution on the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014. This is about the ability to disclose the energy performance of...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:21): I rise to speak on the ACT Government Loan Bill 2014, clearly a very serious issue—in particular, serious to the people who own these homes in Canberra. I can see by the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:22): This year, 2014, has been a great year in the Hinkler electorate, and I have delivered on each of the election commitments that I made to my constituents. Ministers,...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (15:01): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. Will the minister inform the House how the world-renowned Hervey Bay seafood industry will benefit from recent free trade...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:55): In 2013 Bundaberg was devastated by flood for the second time in three years. Nearly every home in North Bundaberg was inundated and sustained significant damage. Yesterday...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (21:15): I rise to express my disappointment at the House's acceptance earlier today of amendments to the Carbon Farming Initiative, which were put forward from the Senate at the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:37): On Friday night I attended the launch the Lighthouse Festival's Art and Photography exhibition and the launch of the Lighthouse Festival at Burnett Heads. Some 8000 people...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:15): I rise to speak on the Rural Research and Development Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. Agriculture is vital to my electorate and the Wide Bay region more broadly, so let me...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:00): I rise to speak on the Aged Care and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 and the cognate bill. The previous government's workforce supplement compact was a flawed and...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:45): Last month a new memorial wall dedicated to Australian service nurses was officially unveiled in Bundaberg by Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey. Unfortunately, I was...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:57): Thank you for the unexpected opportunity, Mr Deputy Speaker! Unfortunately, I sat through the member for Lilley's contribution and I thought that it could not go without a...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (15:05): My question is to the Assistant Minister for Employment. Will the minister update the House on the Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job program? How is this program...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:13): I am pleased to be able to speak on this PMB because it is an issue I have followed quite closely. In recent months family day care providers have contacted my office about...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:23): I rise to congratulate the Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers association on running another successful night in recent weeks. Peter Hockings and his team have done a...
The SPEAKER: I call the honourable member for Pitt—sorry, for Hinkler. I beg your pardon for calling you by your surname instead of your seat. Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:40): That is quite all right, if...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:16): I rise to speak on the national security statement made by the Prime Minister in this place and to inform the people of Hinkler about the actions of their government. I...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:37): At their recent Federal Council meeting The Nationals voted unanimously in favour of a motion I moved, seeking a multijurisdictional taskforce to address exploitation of...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:31): It is with great sadness that I advise the House of the passing of the former Sergeant Thomas Henry Lea, better known as Buddy. Buddy lost his fight with lung cancer at the...
Good morning, I’m delighted to be here, at the annual conference for the National Association of Disabled War Veterans. And I’m so pleased you chose Hervey Bay as the location for this year’s event...
Mr CHRISTENSEN (Dawson) (16:46): I move: That this House: (1) acknowledges the 20th anniversary of the Australian Government's recognition of Australian-born South Sea Islanders as a distinct ethnic...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:23): I move: That this House: (1) notes that: (a) Vietnam Veterans Day is held on 18 August each year to commemorate the iconic Battle of Long Tan in 1966; (b) on that day, 108...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:57): It is always good to follow the member for Charlton. It demonstrates just what is wrong with the Australia Labor Party, which was once a great party, I must say. Before I...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:44): It is with great sadness that I rise to advise the House of the passing of Gary Radel on the weekend, at the age of 62, after a short battle with lung cancer. Gary was well...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:45): During the parliamentary break I had the absolute pleasure of meeting with some of Hinkler's veterans at numerous events and announcements across the electorate. I joined...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (21:05): Last month I announced that Bundaberg, at the northern end of my electorate, would be one of only 10 sites across the country prioritised for superfast broadband upgrades...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:13): My question is to the Treasurer. Will the Treasurer outline the economic impact of repealing the world's biggest carbon tax? Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney—The Treasurer) (14:13...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:54): There are currently 1,725 apprentices in my electorate of Hinkler. As a former TAFE student, apprentice and tradesperson, and on this National TAFE Day, I ask the Minister...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:16): The coalition is committed to driving business competitiveness by supporting business improvement and promoting economic growth through commercialisation of new ideas. I...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:29): My second question is also on the Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Program. I want to ensure that the minister is aware of some of the absolutely valuable additions from the...
Last week the Assistant Minister for Education, Susan Ley, visited my electorate. The visit was very well received. We attended the Acorn Child Care Centre, which is owned by a local diabetic...
I would like to bring to the chamber's attention the great work of the Hervey Bay Independent newspaper and its fundraising arm, the Indy Foundation. I attended the Indy Foundation lunch last Friday...
On Saturday night I was very fortunate to attend Pearl of the Orient, an occasion which celebrated 30 years of the Bundaberg and District Australian-Filipino Association and, of course, the 116th...
This is a matter of importance to people in my electorate, because regional students have been disadvantaged for a long time. Before I get to that, I must point out the great injustice done by the...
Madam Speaker, I rise to speak about a situation that’s all too common in the horticulture sector. The supermarket giant demands to pay a lower price, but the farmer’s input costs continue to rise...
I recently attended a Queensland Cancer Council fundraising event at RSL Fairways, on the north side of Bundaberg, with my wife, Alison. This event was organised by local resident Margaret Crabb,...
There is a seedy underbelly in the contract labour hire industry in this country. It is unfairly damaging the reputation of our agriculture industry and our tourism centres. Let me say from the...
Mr PITT(Hinkler) (14:50): My question is to the Assistant Minister for Employment. Will the minister update the House on the progress of the government's plans to rebuild Work for the Dole? Mr...
Last week, the Minister for Small Business took the opportunity to visit my electorate. It was a very successful visit, and I would like to thank the minister for taking that opportunity. He opened...
Last week I travelled from one end of my electorate to the other, from Bundaberg to Hervey Bay, stopping in Childers, Woodgate, Burrum Heads and Howard. I wanted to give Hinkler residents an...
**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY E&OE** ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The Honourable Bruce Billson MP – Minister for Small Business; The Honourable Jack Dempsey, Member for Bundaberg and Minister for Police, Fire...
**check against delivery** E&OE 99-years-ago, thousands of brave young men went ashore on a foreign beach in a far distant land. The legend of our Anzacs has become a symbol of what we value...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:33): I rise to speak about an issue that has been of significant concern to my constituents for many years, and that is the issue of aged-care services. ABS data shows that the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:55): I rise to bring to the House's attention the wonderful work of the Holden family from the Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club in my electorate of Hinkler. Bob and Shirley...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (19:59): I would like to thank the member for Leichhardt for his good grace. I rise to speak in support of this bill to fairly index Defence Force retirement and death benefits...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:30): I rise to speak on a divisive issue of great concern and of need in my electorate of Hinkler. Since coming to government my office has been inundated with complaints and...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:02): I rise to speak on the Export Market Development Grants Amendment Bill 2014. The bill delivers on the coalition's election commitment to progressively restore funding to...
Mr PITT: My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, and I remind the minister that Hinkler cane farmers have told me that, due to high energy prices, they are on the brink of collapse. What is...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (21:03): I rise to speak on an issue of great concern in my electorate of Hinkler. The situation confronting canegrowers is dire. The region has endured two major floods in three...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:52): I rise to speak in support of the original motion moved by my colleague the member for Herbert, Mr Ewen Jones. The Bruce Highway is the single most important piece of...
I rise to speak on the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Increased Employment Participation) Bill 2014. I note the member for Scullin's arguments. The coalition does have a plan, and this bill...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:53): Earlier this month Oceania Oncology announced it would be opening a second radiotherapy centre in my electorate of Hinkler. From December this year, cancer patients will be...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:17): My question is to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development. Will the minister update the House on why the removal of part 3 of the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:25): In recent weeks I have had the great pleasure of meeting some of Hinkler's best and brightest. High school students from Hervey Bay, Kepnock, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, North...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:28): I am very pleased to be able to speak in this MPI debate, because I want to speak about my electorate of Hinkler and the things that we are doing that will help people in...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (19:58): It is with great pleasure that I rise to report on the activities of surf-lifesaving in the electorate of Hinkler, and in particular the actions of the chief instructor of...
**check against delivery** E&OE It’s great to be here to speak to you all today; some of you for the first time since I was elected to the seat of Hinkler. It’s been a very productive few months...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (09:39): Last week the Nationals held their first party room meeting of the year in my electorate of Hinkler. The party's visit was a clear demonstration of the Nationals'...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (12:45): I rise to speak on the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Repeal Bill 2013. This bill will ensure that the Commissioner of Taxation does not make any further tax bonus...
MR PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): It is with great pleasure that I rise to speak about last Friday night's Ability Ball in Bundaberg. The Ability Ball is a formal night for clients of local disability...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:09): My question is to the Treasurer. Will the Treasurer outline the impact of the carbon tax on electricity prices for Queensland families and businesses? What are the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (17:24): In response, I would like to speak about the fact that it is Labor's debt, and I would like to discuss where it came from. It is very clear to me that the money has already...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:40): My question is to the Treasurer. Is he aware that fruit and vegetable growers in Hinkler are continuing to receive $900 stimulus cheques for backpackers they employed years...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): Last week I toured the site of Australia's first fully-integrated digital hospital. On track for completion in August next year, St Stephen's Hospital will attract new...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (16:01): As a former farmer and small business owner I understand the many difficulties facing the sugar industry and the Hinkler business community more broadly. In a recent...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:40): My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer advise the House of any correspondence he has received that will assist the parliament in its deliberations on the...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (13:46): Earlier this year, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks—the maker of Hinkler's iconic ginger beer—was named 2013 Queensland Exporter of the Year. As well as winning the award for...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (10:26): This weekend I will attend the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Bundaberg Distilling Company. To mark the occasion the company will release 4,888 numbered bottles of...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (14:05): My question is to the Minister for Agriculture. I refer the minister to the report of Queensland cane growers that shows the carbon tax will cost the sugar industry in...
Mr PITT (Hinkler) (11:57): In the past week we have seen horrific images coming out of the Philippines. Australians have been shocked by what they have seen and yet in a very small way they...
Thank you Madam Speaker, I rise to speak in reply to the Governor General’s address made earlier this week, at the opening of this, the 44th Australian Parliament. (And I congratulate you on your...

Authorised by Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler, 41b Woongarra Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

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