“We want change, not by implementing more government but by removing the excessive burden of government. I am committed to this honourable task—totally committed. Here, people think of others as much as they think of themselves. The government must encourage not hinder, promote not strangle, deregulate not regulate the lives of these people of Logan, of Queensland, who seek out a better life. It is an honourable cause to reduce the burden of government,”

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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Ruthenberg): Order! Before I call the member for Logan, I remind the House that this is the member’s maiden speech and I would ask that members afford him the courtesies associated with this time and listen to him in silence.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS :

“I rise to address the House today as the member for Logan and a proud Australian, grateful for the opportunities Queensland has offered my family. “

“What do the people of Logan tell me they want? What do they expect from their new government? How am I going to assist them? “

“People do not expect much more from governments other than competence”.

“I am determined to make my mark in this place by ensuring Logan is front and centre in the minds of government, that we grasp the attitude of hard work and making things happen and bring about real change to people’s lives, and that we finally take action and deliver for Logan, not just talk about it.We want change, not by implementing more government but by removing the excessive burden of government. I am committed to this honourable task—totally committed. Here, people think of others as much as they think of themselves. The government must encourage not hinder, promote not strangle, deregulate not regulate the lives of these people of Logan, of Queensland, who seek out a better life. It is an honourable cause to reduce the burden of government, and it is a core responsibility that the people have charged the Newman government with.”

“People want an honest dialogue, not false accusations, blame shifting in government and name calling in the press. Ronald Reagan, a great American President whom I was proud to serve as a Marine, said, ‘Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.’ We have to move beyond an expectation of governments throwing money at problems, which in turn creates more problems and higher taxes. People feel like they have been TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY! “

“Throughout Logan locals tell me they just need a hand up to realise their dreams and a change in the machinery of government so that it is not overbearing, but instead is an institution that lightly touches their lives and does not interfere with people’s opportunities, either private or in business. Government should have the same attitude as most Australians, that is, people deserve reward for their hard work.

Within our borders we have a wide and diverse group of people from all backgrounds, like my family. When I arrived in Australia I started work in a cleaning business. Through teamwork and commitment, that business was forged into a state-wide facilities management company of which I became the executive manager, a position I held until my election. Logan’s story is the story of my family—I am one of them and they are one of me. The people of Logan are honourable to the core, courageous in adversity and committed to their communities.”

“When I think of Logan’s story I can’t help but think of my wife’s story, the wonderful Anna Pucci, who I talked of earlier. Anna is a first generation Aussie whose family escaped the ravages of communist Russia and then communist China in the dark of night to build a new home in Australia. I recall a quote by John Winston Howard, who said—
“I thank all of those who weren’t born in this country for coming here and making a contribution to Australia. We are the least discriminatory country in the world, in my view.”
John Howard was a masterful political leader who showed true signs of honour, courage and commitment while at the helm of our great nation.”

“The families of Logan are hard working and well set in the attitude of making things happen. In Logan and across Queensland there is a sense of a bright new dawn, an era of prosperity and opportunity established by the hard work of generations past and the foresight of our currently elected leaders. The people of Logan are honourable people. A handshake is their bond, their courage is signified by the stoic way they deal with life’s obstacles and their commitment is shown by the kindness they show for their neighbours and the love they have for their families. I have been privileged to serve in the US Marines from Korea to Japan, from Saudi Arabia to Australia. In the Gulf War I was honoured to have fought alongside Australian troops to protect the freedom of the people of Kuwait. I have been exposed to many cultures and lived amongst many people from the Asia-Pacific to the Middle East and the Americas. But nowhere is there a greater group of people who make things happen with what they have than here in our home of Queensland, and especially in my home of Logan.”

WOW !  … QUOTING RONALD REAGAN IN THE QUEENSLAND PARLIAMENT !

A remarkable speech from a man elected as the first conservative to the electorate of Logan in almost 50 years!

the editors

P.S.

This editor would like to acknowledge elsewhere in the speech the gracious personal reference to myself and my family in supporting (along with many other TEA Party members) the election of the new member for Logan on polling day.

As evidenced by this speech … It was not a hard choice forThe Australian TEA Party to make .

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