VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (5:58 PM): I rise to speak in this debate on what is probably the most important bill that will come before this House in my time as a member of the Queensland parliament. I do so humbly, having consulted with my constituents and given several aspects of the bill and the debate itself careful consideration. It is in this narrow space that we are being asked to debate, because at the end of the debate we will have to cast our votes on a compassionate sounding idea, but actually we will be voting on the meaning of the written law that is in front of us.

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QUEENSLAND BUDGET 2021-22

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (3:57 PM): In a week of widespread fogs across Queensland, I bet one of the foggiest places to be was the media budget lock-up on Tuesday, and trapped in the fog were those poor journalists trying to make sense of Labor's budget.

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PRIVATE MEMBER STATEMENTS - AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (2:06 pm): I rise to again talk about the closure of the Emerald Agricultural College and the Longreach Pastoral College.

Last week saw the sale of the Emerald Agricultural College's beef property Berrigurra for $32.5 million.

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AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (2:06 pm): I rise to again talk about the closure of the Emerald Agricultural College and the Longreach Pastoral College.

Last week saw the sale of the Emerald Agricultural College's beef property Berrigurra for $32.5 million.

I ask members to think about that for a minute because the communities of Emerald and Longreach have been led down the garden path and treated like fools by the Labor government selling these assets that will never be able to be brought back together for the purpose of agricultural skills training.

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DEBT REDUCTION AND SAVINGS BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (6:19 PM): It is fantastic to follow the minister in this debate. I would like to ask the minister where was she at the time of the closing of the Longreach Pastoral College by the minister for agriculture? Where was this minister when they closed down the Emerald Agricultural College? You talk about vocational training and supporting it, but where were you when it came to rural school training? Where was the minister—

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WORKERS COMPENSATION AND REHABILITATION AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (3:14 PM): I rise to speak in support of this bill, which will essentially create a special category of workers compensation for first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder due to trauma exposure suffered in the course of their work duties.

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YOUTH JUSTICE AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (6:09 PM): I rise to speak on the latest Labor bill in the area of youth justice with a feeling of great disappointment. I am sure that this feeling will be shared by many people across Queensland.

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MOTION OF CONDOLENCE

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (11:57 am): It is with great sadness that I rise to speak to the condolence motion to mark the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

 

People all over the world are sharing sadness at this event, both for the loss of the man and for the loss of Her Majesty's partner for more than 70 years.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (4:05 pm): As with the previous COVID-19 emergency response legislation debated last year, the LNP will support the extensions contained in this bill. Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic has a long way to play out.

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LIQUOR (ARTISAN LIQUOR) AMENDMENT BILL 2020

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (12:45 pm): I rise to speak in support of this bill which will be warmly welcomed by Queensland’s independent brewers and Queenslanders generally.

As other speakers have pointed out, the bill comes in response to the growth of craft breweries and artisanal distilling across Australia.

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