ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - WESTERN QUEENSLAND TOURISM

 Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (8.20 pm): I rise to draw attention to the importance of tourism in the Western Queensland economy and ask that the Labor government supports the industry in the seat of Gregory.

COVID-19 travel restrictions in the previous two years have seen western drive tourism expand from a well-established grey nomad market to include a family holiday market, which is fantastic. I am keen to see the expansion sustained and I am keen to see that we continue to support our Western Queensland tourism industry.

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SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSIONER BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (12.18 pm): I am pleased to be speaking on this bill to establish a permanent office to be known as the Small Business Commissioner.

 The LNP has always understood that small business is the backbone of the Queensland economy, and that is nowhere truer than in regional and rural Queensland. It is small businesses who maintain the liveability of our communities and who sustain our local economies.

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PRIVATE MEMBER STATEMENT - GREGORY ELECTORATE

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (2.24 pm): As members know, for years I have been fighting for renal dialysis services in my electorate. It is heartbreaking to see your constituents having to lock up their homes and move to Rockhampton, Mackay or Townsville to receive this treatment. They live in so-called temporary accommodation because Queensland Health calls it a temporary relocation. It often means caravan parks. I have constituents who have been living like this for six or seven years. That is how temporary it is. Constituents like Ian Williams of Emerald have died waiting for the service to be provided.

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ADJOURNMENT DEBATE - GREGORY ELECTORATE

 Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (6.58 pm): I would love to but I am going to talk about Western Queensland and the housing crisis that we have out there. We have a housing crisis here in Brisbane at the moment with the floods. I understand that.

My heart goes out to all those Brisbane, South-East Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast families who have gone through such a tragic situation. We need to get behind them, but we also need to get behind a housing crisis that we have in Western Queensland.

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ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER LEGISLATION (REVERSAL OF GREAT BARRIER REEF PROTECTION) AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (6.48 pm): Firstly, I commend the member for Bonney on his foreshadowed amendments relating to best management practices. I believe that is the right way to go, because best management practices have not just happened; they have been around for over 20 years.

I will give members a bit of a story. In 1996 the cotton industry had to face a big dilemma. There was a contamination of Endosulfan in beef to South Korea. We were at loggerheads with the beef industry.

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APPROPRIATION (PARLIAMENT) BILL (NO 2); APPROPRIATION BILL (NO 2) SECOND READING (COGNATE DEBATE)

 Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (3:54 PM): I am not surprised to find us kicking off the sitting calendar of 2022 by debating these bills to provide extra funding for six departments and the parliament.

I do not think the Treasurer is, either. As I said when we debated the 2021 budget, this was a fairy-tale. Every fairy-tale should have a happy ending, and the Treasurer's script called for a surprise surplus just in time for the next election.

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TRC REPORT - INQUIRY INTO VEHICLE SAFETY,STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING ENGINE IMMOBILISER TECHNOLOGY

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (3:03 pm): I would like to wish everybody a merry Christmas. I hope members spend some time with family and friends and have a good break. Have a merry Christmas.

I am thrilled to be able to respond to the inquiry into vehicle safety, standards and technology, including engine immobiliser technology, report No. 12 for the 57th parliament. This was probably one of the longest committee reports that we have been involved in.

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BRISBANE OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES ARRANGEMENTS BILL

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (12:40 pm): I rise to express my support for this bill which puts in place the legislative framework that will allow preparations to commence for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This will be a transformative opportunity and I am pleased that the Premier has said that the opportunity and privileges due to the host will be shared by all Queensland not just Brisbane or the south-east corner. I would like to contribute a few comments regarding issues on behalf of regional and rural Queenslanders.

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PRIVATE MEMBER STATEMENTS - LONGREACH PASTORAL COLLEGE

Mr MILLAR  (Gregory—LNP) (2:19 pm): I rise to condemn the agriculture minister’s disgraceful response in question time yesterday about the future of the Longreach Pastoral College.

The minister seems to think this issue is funny—that it is an opportunity to have a chuckle and a wink. I guess we should not be surprised by the minister’s antics, after all he has form—plenty of form—when it comes to hurting agriculture.

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QUEENSLAND VETERANS' COUNCIL BILL

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (5.19 pm): I rise to speak to this bill wholeheartedly in support of our veterans and wanting to give voice to their disappointments as expressed in testimony to the Community Support and Services Committee's examination of the bill. I also speak with the hope that the government will address these concerns with amendments to this bill.

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