RESOURCES AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (3.30 pm):  In addressing this bill, as deputy chair of the Transport and Resources Committee, I firstly acknowledge my fellow committee members. I also gratefully acknowledge the hardworking secretary, Deborah Jeffrey, her assistant Zac and her colleagues in the committee secretariat.

This is one of the ALP’s favourite types of bill: an “omnibus” bill. Perhaps it would be better called a “dustpan bill”, because the ALP uses these bills to sweep up all kinds of government issues. This bill does a fair bit of energetic sweeping.

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HOUSING LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (4.34 pm): While the LNP is not opposing this bill, as the member for Gregory I must say for Western Queenslanders entertaining this bill at this time is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, because Western Queensland is facing a housing crisis.

Other members have spoken of the “tight” rental markets in Queensland generally. In Western Queensland the rental markets are so tight they are teetering on the edge of non-existence.

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PRIVATE MEMBERS' STATEMENTS - CORONAVIRUS, BORDER PASSES

Mr MILLAR (Gregory—LNP) (2.18 pm): I rise to speak about a vexed issued of class exemption border passes and the difficulties they create for my constituents and agribusiness in regional Queensland in general.

The Z pass is a fake class exemption for agricultural essential work and is not fit for purpose. It does not consider Queensland agribusinesses who need to go to New South Wales or Victoria for essential work and return home when the work is completed.

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TRANSPORT AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

Motion to Take Note of the Transport and Resources Committee Report No. 6, 57th Parliament—Examination of Auditor-General Report 11: 2020-21—Energy 2020 tabled 21 June 2021.

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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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