My Committee Work

We all know about some of the work that MPs do – speaking and voting in Parliament, attending community events, listening to local residents and helping constituents if they are having a problem with the Government.

The work that some MPs do on Committees is less well known, but very important, and is another substantial demand on our time. I am a member of a number of Standing Committees in Parliament. These committees hold inquiries into important national issues and Government projects, consult with people and organisations all over Australia to find out what people think about them, and produce reports which help to make sure that Government policy reflects the concerns and needs of the Australians who will be affected.

I am a member of the following committees, which I believe are most relevant to my work for Fisher.

 

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities

This Committee holds inquiries into the Infrastructure and transport projects that Australia needs. In our rapidly growing region, with important transport challenges on the Bruce Highway and the rail line between Brisbane and Nambour, I know that our community is particularly concerned about the future of infrastructure in Australia. For a period during the summer of 2017/18 I acted as the Chair of this Committee, which helped me to play a role in shaping the Government’s approach to building the infrastructure we need.

You can find out more about this committee at:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/ITC

 

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training

I want to help to make Fisher the place to be for Education, Employment and Retirement. I know that people on the Sunshine Coast are very committed to local education and employment opportunities. We need to train highly skilled people here so that they will stay on the Coast and build our community, and we need to create the jobs of the future that are going to ensure our region is successful in the decades to come. My place on this Committee helps me to play a role in shaping education and employment policies to give regions like ours the best chance for a bright future.

You can find out more about this committee at:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Employment_Education_and_Training

 

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the biggest Government healthcare project in decades. It will not be rolling out on the Sunshine Coast until 2019. I want to use that time to ensure that the NDIS is working as well as it possibly can, ready to come to our community. I am part of this committee so that I can help to shape how the NDIS is improved as it is implemented. I also want to ensure that the NDIS will help to support people in Fisher who are living with a psycho-social disability, as part of my work on mental health.

You can find out more about this committee at:
http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/National_Disability_Insurance_Scheme

 

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE

One of my major focusses as the Federal Member for Fisher is on helping to diversify our economy and encourage the growth of highly skilled jobs here on the Coast. I believe that this is the best way to ensure our region's prosperity into the future, and the best way to ensure our young people can pursue their aspirations right here. That is why I have started the Fisher Defence Industry Initiative, to encourage and support the growth of this high tech manufacturing industry on the Coast. My position on this committee ensures that I am aware of the latest developments in defence, as well as understanding how changes in our trade agreements might affect our agricultural and fishing businesses on the Sunshine Coast.

You can find out more about this committee at:

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade

 

PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS

This Committee undertakes enquries into Government infrastructure projects, many of which relate to our defence capabilities. My membership of this Committee helps me to understand best practice in infrastructure development, to bring to my work on the important infrastructure we need on the Coast. It also helps me to understand the Government's requirements for defence industry capability, and what companies need to work on defence public works projects. I feed this information into my Fisher Defence Industry Initiative. 

You can find out more about this committee at:

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Public_Works

 

JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON TREATIES

This Committee undertakes enquries into the treaties signed by the Australian Government and how they are executed. My work on this committee helps to inform my understanding of the legal and trade environment faced by exporting businesses on the Sunshine Coast like the Fishing industry, agri-business and defence exporters. 

You can find out more about this committee at:
https://www.aph.gov.au/jsct

 

GOVERNMENT BACKBENCH COMMITTEES

These Committees work to provide feedback and ideas to the Government on important policy areas. Once again, I am involved in Backbench Committees which I believe are most relevant to my work in the electorate of Fisher. These include:

Defence and Veterans Affairs

Home Affairs and Legal Affairs

Infrastructure, Regional Development and Northern Australia

Employment, Innovation, Science and Small Business

Authorised by Andrew Wallace MP, Liberal National Party, 11/10 Lake Kawana Blvd, Bokarina, QLD, 4575