Speeches

The people, the power and the path to a better Australia

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
So said Nelson Mandela. His message is one of perseverance. If you’re a conservative, someone who fights the socialist agenda, an individual who truly believes in our democracy, who thinks you advance through the sweat of your own brow, not through a reliance on handouts from the state, then it’s a message you should hold dear to your hearts.

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Adjournment Debate – Cashless Debit Card

Mr PITT (Hinkler) (19:50): Is there any other greater indicator of the hopelessness of this Labor government, of how its ideology overrules common sense, and of how it is directed by the socialist alliance, the left, than the cancellation of the cashless debit card in the mandatory trial sites around this country?

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90 second statement – Local touch footy finals

Mr PITT: There’s a big game on this week. It’s Queensland versus New South Wales on Wednesday night. But it’s not the biggest game in town. The big game is at 6.50 pm tonight at the Brothers Social Touch Football Club, where we’ll see the McHugh Steel team—my team—take on Livingstone Low Electrical in the over-35s grand final.

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90 second statement – Energy

Mr PITT: We heard it here, we heard it there, we heard it everywhere in the election campaign. I’m talking about the commitment from the now Prime Minister Albanese for a reduction in power prices of $275. What do we hear now? Nothing, not a whisper, not a whimper, not a peep, not a peekaboo.

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Grievance Debate – Stronger Communities

Mr PITT: As they say: ‘Grievances? Well, I’ve got a few!’ It’s good to have this opportunity. My first grievance is this: the Albanese government has stopped funding the Stronger Communities Program.

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MPI – Power Prices

Mr PITT: In the 2019 election, the Australian people heard all about the bill that Australia couldn’t afford. And they knew it was the wrong bill. They knew they didn’t want that bill. They didn’t want to see that bill. They couldn’t afford that bill.

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Second Reading – Appropriation Bills 2023-24

Mr PITT (Hinkler) (18:21): We’ve seen the third instalment of ‘Jimbo-nomics’ in the most recent budget. We saw the first instalment last October. The second instalment of ‘Jimbo-nomics’, of course, was the treatise that we all saw—some 6,000 words, from memory—that said that the Labor Treasurer is going to change the way that economies works and the way economics works and the way business works.

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PMB – Superannuation

Mr PITT: It’s always great to follow the member for Moreton. He’s gives me so much material. For the member for Moreton’s benefit, does he really think people would put money into superannuation if it weren’t for tax incentives? Without tax incentives, no-one would do it.

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PMB – Manufacturing Industry

Mr PITT: I’m about to give you a hot tip, Madam Deputy Speaker Chesters. No matter who is in government, whether it’s Labor or whether it’s the coalition, and no matter what the situation is—whether it’s a hung parliament or whether there are difficulties in the Senate—the fundamentals of business simply do not change. They don’t change.

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PMB – Labor’s Budget

Mr PITT: We’ve heard it all before: no changes to superannuation, no changes to franking credits, no changes to unrealised gains, no changes to capital gains, no changes to negative gearing—no changes to tax.

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Ministerial Statements – Resources Sector

Mr PITT: I rise to make a few brief comments about Australia’s resources sector. You should never forget—and I don’t just mean you, Madam Deputy Speaker Ananda-Rajah; I mean all those listening—just what happened during COVID, as the previous speaker, the member for Riverina, pointed out.

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Adjournment Debate – Burrum Heads flying foxes

Mr PITT: For the information of the member who just spoke, it is the Labor Party in opposition that holds the record for the most number of times they have called divisions, quorums and made the bells ring and misplace since Federation, so I think it is a bit precious to make those types of comments. I was on the road last week doing what’s collectively known as ‘Pitt stops’ all over the Hinkler electorate—in Urangan, Pialba and Burrum, Buxton, Woodgate, Childers, lots of places in Bundaberg and all over the show.

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Second Reading – Safeguard Mechanism (Crediting) Amendment Bill 2022

Mr PITT: I really have to answer a couple of those points very briefly. The Nationals held all 15 of their seats and gained a senator, and in Queensland the Labor Party did nothing but lose seats and go backwards. So for those opposite to pretend that this is some great mandate is absolutely false. The people who drive our economy in the regions, in Queensland in particular, did not agree with the proposition.

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Adjournment Debate – Cashless Debit Card

Mr PITT: I rise to speak on what has now become the debacle of this nation: the cashless debit card. What we have seen since Labor has come to power has had an impact in the four trial sites, and it’s not a positive impact; it is a detrimental impact to the people that live there, to those poor kids who are being directly affected and to all of those individuals who struggle with alcohol abuse.

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Second Reading – Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022

Mr PITT: What an absolute stitch-up. This proposal is the sporting equivalent of two teams lining up, one running out in brand-new uniforms with all the gear, a top-line coach, a change room, a bus and crowd that’s been booked, and the other side is tied up on the sidelines, gagged, with no gear, and they had to walk in because no-one would pick them up. We are talking here about the Constitution.

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MPI – Cost of Living

Mr PITT: We humbly accept the apology from the member for Moreton. I think it was the acronym he was intending to use: GOAT, greatest of all time. So we forgive him.

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90 second statement – School Savvy Program

Mr PITT: The cost of living is the issue for the people that I represent. It is issue No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and all the way to 100. I want to bring to the attention of the House the School Savvy program, run by CatholicCare CQ. Nothing demonstrates more how difficult, how tough, it is for people out there right now than, firstly, the need for this program and, secondly, the overwhelming demand for it.

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Speech – Address-in-Reply

Mr PITT: It’s been a minute since the last election, but I do want to take this opportunity to pass out a few thankyous while I can. As everyone in this place knows, elections are not won by individuals alone; they are won by teams, by volunteers, by supporters and by individuals out there doing hard work for what they believe in, regardless of which side of the parliament you are on.

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