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Pat Speech - Proposed Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor

Sept 15, 2023


On Thursday 14th September 2023, I spoke in parliament on the impact of the proposed Toowoomba North South Transport Corridor and the timely reminder for everyone to be bushfire aware.

Pat has lived his whole life in the Darling Downs region of Queensland. He grew up near Cecil Plains on the family property ‘Donegal’ where he produced grain and cotton and ran a small cattle breeding herd.

Agriculture has played a significant role in Pat’s life and continues to be interested in the primary industry sector and its future.


Serious issues are plaguing Queensland's energy sector

March 16, 2023


Today, I spoke in Parliament about the number of issues plaguing Queensland’s energy sector, particularly the upcoming electricity price increase and the looming domestic gas issue.

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Australia Day at the Jondaryn Woolshed

Feb12th, 2023

A wonderful day enjoyed by all at Jondaryan Woolshed on Australia Day 2024, where visitors step back in time and discover Australia's heritage and history of the wool industry.

The Friends of Jondaryan Woolshed are to be congratulated on their organisation and success of this event.

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Zonta Annual Human Rights Day

Dec 12th, 2023

Last Friday was Zonta's Annual Human Rights Day & Flag Raising Ceremony in Toowoomba, held during the 16 Days of Activism, 25 November-10 December, raising awareness of Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women.


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McHappy Day in Westbrook

Nov 24th, 2023

Great to lend a hand at McDonalds, Westbrook, last Saturday, in support of McHappy Day.

McHappy Day has raised over $61 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities since 1991 - thank you McDonalds for giving back to the communities of our nation.

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RFDS visit to Parliament House

Nov 16th, 2023

Always a pleasure to catch up with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). The team visited Parliament House last night and shared their vision and strategy for the future, moving towards 100 years.

The RFDS has changed the lives of many regional Queenslanders through their life-saving care.

Pictured with Townsville pilot Catriona Saunders.

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Oakey Remembrance Day

Nov 14th, 2023

Remembrance Day 2023.

I am always honoured to participate in a service on Remembrance Day.

This year I attended the service in Oakey with prayers delivered by Father Kerry Costigan, a high respected member of the Oakey community, and fellow attendees Chris Markham (President, Oakey RSL sub-branch), Cr Bill Cahill and piper, Stuart McIntyre.

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Transport & Resources Committee Report speech 

Crime speech 

On Thursday March 31, I spoke in Parliament on the crime issues that the Condamine electorate is experiencing at this point of time.

Click on the video below to hear my speech.

I would also like to express my sympathies for the recent tragic loss of lives due to flooding in the area.

RACQ Lifeflight speech

In August I spoke in Parliament to acknowledge the more than 40 years that RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and the Surat Gas Aeromedical Service have been delivering emergency response, critical medical care and hospital airlifts to seriously ill and injured people.

October 28, 2022


I spoke in Parliament yesterday afternoon about the Queensland Government's Energy Plan, finally delivered in September after calling for a plan from this government for 2 years.

This plan has raised more questions than answers!

Acland mine job losses

Nov 26th, 2021

I'm disappointed about the job losses in the Oakey community due to the Acland mine closure. Here's my statement from Channel 7 news last night.

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