CORRECTIVE SERVICES AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (12.17 pm): I will make a short contribution on the Corrective Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.

 I will focus on the crackdown on plastic water guns—fair dinkum, the crackdown on plastic toys! People may be amazed, but I am not surprised, that the Labor Party have come into this place to crack down on something such as plastic water pistols or toys.

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BUILDING INDUSTRY FAIRNESS (SECURITY OF PAYMENT) AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Queensland Parliament - July 15, 2020.

BUILDING INDUSTRY FAIRNESS (SECURITY OF PAYMENT) AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (12.55 pm): The building and construction industry plays an important part in Queensland's economy, contributing over $46 billion in 2017-18 and employing more than 230,000 people.

 The building industry will be the backbone of the Queensland economy as we go forward from COVID-19.

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DISALLOWANCE MOTION REEF REGULATIONS

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (5.53 pm): I rise to support the motions moved by the shadow minister in relation to subordinate legislation Nos 233 and 234 of 2019. Firstly, can I say after hearing the shadow minister and the previous government member that I give a commitment to the Minister for Environment: I am prepared to sit down and work with the minister to do this properly, to make sure that we have a better result for farmers and for the Great Barrier Reef.

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COVID-19 BOARDING SCHOOLS

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (2.38 pm): I turn to something that is very important for rural and remote people when it comes to education. This morning at 10am a virtual protest rally, hosted by the Isolated Children's Parents' Association, was held on Zoom to highlight the plight of Queensland's boarding students.

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MINERAL AND ENERGY RESOURCES AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2020

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (4.39 pm): I rise to speak to this bill with mixed feelings of relief and frustration. I am relieved that this bill has finally come before the House, but I am frustrated that it has taken so long.

I am frustrated that while we waited we saw the deaths of eight mine workers in Queensland mines in 18 months. This was still insufficient to get the Labor government to ensure this legislation was put before the House for debate.

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RESOURCES SAFETY AND HEALTH QUEENSLAND BILL

I rise to speak on the Resources Safety and Health Queensland Bill. I am relieved that, finally, some action is being taken with regard to mine safety. I am frustrated that it has taken the deaths of eight Queenslanders in 18 months to get the government’s attention and to have this matter debated in the House.

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Bushfires, Land Management

I rise to put on the record the LNP’s sympathy for the victims of the current bushfires in Queensland and across Australia. Since the current fire season started in Queensland last September, the courage and kindness displayed by ordinary Australians responding to an extraordinary public disaster has been inspiring.

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AGRICULTURE AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Today is a dark day for agriculture. Being true to form, the Labor Party has again abandoned the bush by introducing amendments to the bill to repeal the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges Act 2005.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service

I rise to talk about a good news story in parliament. I rise to speak at the behest of Mr Paul Wiggins and place on record his profound gratitude to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the community of Windorah in my electorate of Gregory. More specifically, I wish to place on record the events that happened to Mr Wiggins and his partner in what is one of the most remote locations in Western Queensland.

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Crime and Corruption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the bill, which is of great concern to all Queenslanders. I acknowledge the member for Bundamba, who tried to shine a spotlight on corruption but was ignored for a long time.

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