Building Industry Could Collapse Under PI Pressure

First published in the Courier Mail on 26 June 2019. Within days $35 billion construction industry could grind to a halt and, outside a small but critical group of private building certifiers, no-one is even talking about it. Unless the State Government acts before June 30, builders will stop getting paid, buildings will stop beingbuilt, and […]

Tour de Fisher

In five days last week I cycled over 200km and stopped to speak to local residents in 26 different towns around the Southern and Central Sunshine Coast in my electorate of Fisher. I rode my pushbike to Mooloolaba and Montville, Pelican Waters and Peachester, Conondale and Currimundi and all the towns in between.  I had […]

The Biggest Threat to our Region’s Prosperity

As you travel around the Coast today the evidence of our successful local economy is everywhere. The cranes and hi-vis vests of construction sites all over our region attest to the income and the jobs being created in our community right now. But I have lived on the Coast for 26 years, and I was […]

What role for Parliaments in Tackling Corruption?

Speech delivered at the 37th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Pacific Regional ConferenceAndrew Wallace MP23 October 2018 What role for Parliments in Tackling Corruption? It could reasonably be said that tackling corruption was the very first role, even the original purpose of Parliaments. The Parliament of Australia, like most of the assemblies we represent here today, can […]

Prime Minister Visits GlassHouse Mountains

During September Prime Minister Scott Morrison came to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to see the resilience and innovation being displayed by our local strawberry growers. The Prime Minister visited Ashbern Farms with me, to see both their fields in Glasshouse Mountains and their packing facility in Beerwah. While he was here in our electorate of […]

Rising Inequality? A Stocktake of the Evidence

The Productivity Commission’s report Rising inequality? A stocktake of the evidence shines a light on the economic resilience of modern Australia. And what it tells us, is that despite Labor’s ongoing political posturing and claims of engrained poverty, the nation is performing above expectation in almost every key economic marker. Outgoing chair of the Commission Peter Harris’s […]

Every Promise Will Be Delivered

(This piece first appeared in the Sunshine Coast Daily of Saturday 22 September 2018) We saw wild and unhelpful speculation earlier this week from the Sunshine Coast Daily’s Scott Sawyer about what a leadership change in Canberra might mean for the billions of dollars of infrastructure which our Federal Government has committed to constructing on […]

Casino Ruled Out Under Labor State Government

The Queensland Tourism Minister has ruled out granting a casino licence for the Sunshine Coast under the Queensland Labor Government during a Budget Estimates Hearing in August. This is a big win for our “Say No to Council’s Casino” campaign andfor the people of the Sunshine Coast. I applaud the eorts of Sunshine Coast locals who […]