The politicians were back to Canberra yesterday to commence to 2018 political year.
Some changes of note where that the member for Batman had stood aside after not being able to find his British citizenship renouncement paperwork. David Feeney was dumped by the Labor Party and a by-election will be held with Ged Kearney running for the ALP.
John Alexander was sworn-in again following his by-election win last December for the seat of Bennelong.
Senator Lucy Gichuhi, who originally entered the Senate as a Family First Senator, only to immediately become an independent, has now joined the Liberal/National Coalition. Jim Molan was also finally sworn-in as a Senator.
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Below is some of the text from the Prime Minister’s Party Room Remarks.
Welcome back John Alexander.
Welcome new Senator, General Jim Molan.
Her life is an inspiration. A life lived as she says herself, with liberal values – a life of enterprise, of passion, of love, of self-sacrifice for her family – welcome to the Liberal Party Senator Lucy Gichuhi.
Our Liberal-National coalition is the coalition that delivers opportunities for Australians to realise their dreams.
We do not believe that government knows best, as the Labor Party does, we believe the government’s job is to enable Australians to do their best.
And so in 2016 at the election, we promised that we would deliver the economic leadership that would create more opportunities and deliver the jobs and growth that Australia needed.
And last year we saw 403,000 new jobs created in Australia.
Over 1100 jobs a day, it is the largest jobs growth in any year since records began, and that is because of confidence, of investment, of small and medium family-owned Australian businesses having a go. Receiving the incentive and the encouragement from government with our tax cuts for small and medium businesses – up to $50 million a year turnover – that’s not a giant international corporation, but do you know what? Those businesses collectively, thousands and thousands of them, employ more than half of all Australians. And they are the ones that are hiring.
And I know all of us over the break have been visiting with those businesses, the length and breadth of the nation – they are filled with confidence. We are seeing job ads growing at 14 percent over the year. There is an air of confidence. We’re seeing strong economic growth and we’re seeing that jobs growth.