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.

Among others 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 SOCIAL POLICY AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

The Prime Minister commissioned me to be the Chair of this important parliamentary committee in the current Parliament. In this role I chair the Committee’s meetings and hearings, speak on behalf of the Committee in the Parliament and in public, and take a leading role in preparing the Committee’s final reports. This Committee conducts inquiries into social issues which affect many of us like family law, and into subjects which affect some of the most vulnerable on the Sunshine Coast like adoption, family violence and child support.

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

Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the biggest Government healthcare project in decades. It rolled out on the Sunshine Coast at the start of 2019. I want to use my work on the Committee to ensure that the NDIS is working as well as it possibly can as it rolls out in 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

GOVERNMENT POLICY COMMITTEES

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

Defence and Veterans Affairs - where I am the Chair

Industrial Relations, Legal and Home Affairs

Infrastructure, Regional Development and Population

Small and Family Business, Employment, Education and Training

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