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Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (17:51):  I am very pleased to rise to speak on this motion to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and to join in this debate, which has been characterised by many fine contributions, including the one we have just heard from the member for Herbert.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

Condolence Motion: Malcolm Fraser

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (17:09): I am pleased rise to speak on this condolence motion for former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser. Mr Fraser was a dominant figure in national politics in the 1970s and the early 1980s, a period that stands out in my mind because by the late seventies and early eighties I was in high school and was starting to become very interested in politics.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

Bradfield Electorate: Centenary of Anzac

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (09:46): I am pleased to rise to speak about the activities planned in Bradfield to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac, which is a very important occasion for our nation as we work to perpetuate the memory of so many Australians who served our nation a century ago.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (12:00):  I am pleased to rise to speak on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014, a bill which amends the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act and the Telecommunications Act. It contains a package of reforms to ensure the continuing investigative capabilities of Australia's law enforcement and national security agencies.

Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2014-2015

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (12:35):  I am pleased to speak on the Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2014-2015 and cognate bills. In the time available to me today, I want to argue three propositions. Firstly, that Australia's economy is facing some significant challenges both structural and cyclical, which we need to respond to.

Secondly, the coalition has an economic plan for Australia, which will let us rise to the challenge and seize on the opportunities in front of us.

Thirdly, the Labor Party needs to stop denying reality and begin engaging on these issues, as a serious political party should.

Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:04

Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment Bill 2014

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (10:23):  I am pleased to rise to speak on the Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2014 Measures No. 7) Bill 2014, an important bill which will amend various taxation laws to implement a range of improvements to Australia's tax system. In the time that I have available to me this morning, I want to focus specifically on the amendments in this bill which give effect to the coalition's measure included in the 2014-15 budget to allow individuals the option of withdrawing superannuation contributions in excess of the non-concessional contributions cap made from 1 July 2013 and associated earnings, with these earnings to be taxed at the individual's marginal tax rate. I want to make three points in my contribution. Firstly, prior to the introduction of this bill, there has been a nasty problem in the tax system which has led some Australians to face marginal tax rates of up to 93 per cent; secondly, while the previous Labor government sought to address this problem, they did so in an inadequate way; and, thirdly, the Abbott government is acting to solve this problem.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (12:43): I am pleased to rise to speak on the Broadcasting and Other Legislation Amendment (Deregulation) Bill. This is an important bill that amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, the Radiocommunication Act 1992 and the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. It will remove unnecessary legislative provisions and in turn reduce the regulatory burden on the broadcasting industry. Today, I want first of all to speak about why reducing the regulatory burden is important; secondly, to argue the amendments in this bill seek to get the balance right between the objective of regulation and the burden it imposes; and, thirdly, to describe specifically the way in which some of these amendments will reduce the regulatory burden.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (18:27):  I am pleased to rise to speak on the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014. This is an important bill which will expand opportunities for students, in particular disadvantaged and rural and regional students, and ensure that Australia has a world-class tertiary education system.

This bill has been significantly amended, when compared to the bill that went through the House of Representatives but not the Senate last year, but nevertheless it preserves the essential elements of the higher education reform policy package, which the Abbott government and Minister Pyne are pursuing.

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (18:28):  I am very pleased to speak and to express my thanks to the members who have contributed to the debate on the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014 and the Enhancing Online Safety for Children (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014. I am particularly pleased that these bills have received support from the opposition and from members from the opposition who have spoken as well as the members on this side of the House.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

Speech in Parliament: Lindt Cafe Siege

Mr FLETCHER (Bradfield—Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications) (19:27):  The siege at the Lindt cafe was terrifying for several reasons. It was carried out in full view of the media and in turn, the Australian and, indeed, the world community—reflecting it would seem a quite deliberate decision on the part of the gunman—and meant that all of us watched in horror as we began to understand the gravity of the situation that those inside the cafe faced.

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